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Monacair receives last of six new H130s

Monacair receives last of six new H130s

Monacair has received the last H130 of a contract for six units signed in September 2015. Like the previous five aircraft, the new helicopter will join the regular scheduled flight service that Monacair has set up between Monaco Heliport and Nice International airport. Monacair started this shuttle service in January this year after taking delivery… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 25-May-16

Universal Avionics expects AS332 certifications mid-2016

Universal Avionics expects AS332 certifications mid-2016

Certification for the integration of Universal Avionics EFI-890H Advanced Flight Displays in the Airbus Helicopters AS332L1 is on track for mid-2016. Preparations for certification are currently underway with Authorized Dealer, Heli-One. The AS332 installation package includes dual EFI-890H Primary Flight Displays (PFD) (one pilot-side and one copilot side), dual UNS-1Fw Multi-Missions Management System (MMMS) with… Read more »

Source: Universal Avionics, 24-May-16

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Pacific Crown Helicopters win new helicopter maintenance approvals

Pacific Crown Helicopters win new helicopter maintenance approvals

Pacific Crown Helicopters, based at Caloundra Airport in Queensland on the east coast of Australia, is expanding.  The company specialises in the sales, completion and refurbishment of new and used Airbus Helicopters, including custom interiors and exterior paintwork.  Their portfolio includes avionic system design and fit-outs, part supply, and all the roles involved in import,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-May-16

Airbus wins UK training contract with 29 H135s and 3 H145s

Airbus wins UK training contract with 29 H135s and 3 H145s

Airbus Helicopters in the UK has been selected by Ascent as the Aircraft Service Provider for the UK’s Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS). The contract, worth £500 million over 17 years, will see Airbus Helicopters deliver aircraft and an integrated support solution over the course of 18 months, ready to start training in April 2018…. Read more »

Source: AIrbus, 23-May-16

British Columbia operator Ascent Helicopters adds new H125

British Columbia operator Ascent Helicopters adds new H125

Ascent Helicopters expands their fleet with a new H125 and the aircraft will be operated in Fernie, B.C. Known for its performance, versatility and low maintenance costs, the H125 is the ideal choice to expand and compliment the working fleet of Ascent Helicopters. “Because the work we do varies and can change at any moment,… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters Canada., 20-May-16

HeliHub calls on Bell to apologize to Airbus Helicopters

HeliHub calls on Bell to apologize to Airbus Helicopters

Respected aviation media outlet Aviation International News has run a story quoting Bell saying that their new 525 Relentless helicopter, currently under development, is a “Super Puma replacement”.  Helihub.com has requested validation of the quote from Bell, but despite opening our email within one minute of sending it over four hours prior to us publishing… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-May-16

HeliSpeed to supply pilots to Vector Aerospace

HeliSpeed to supply pilots to Vector Aerospace

Vector Aerospace, a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is delighted to announce that it has signed a three-year contract with HeliSpeed Ltd. for the supply of civil pilots to assist the growth of Vector’s UK facilities. The contract, which will see HeliSpeed supply pilots in support of Vector’s growing… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 17-May-16

Airbus highlights EMS capabilities at HeliRussia 2016

Airbus highlights EMS capabilities at HeliRussia 2016

Airbus Helicopters will participate in the international helicopter industry exhibition HeliRussia 2016 held in Moscow on May 19-21. “Airbus Helicopters, as a leader with over 50% of the market share in the EMS segment, is ready to contribute to the development of the emerging market of emergency medical services in Russia,” said Emeric Lhomme, CEO… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 17-May-16

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Russian production of H135s to start in 2017

Russian production of H135s to start in 2017

Russian news agency TASS is saying that Airbus Helicopters expects that H135 helicopters will start to be produced in Russia in 2017. Ural Works of Civil Aviation (UWCA) has signed a license agreement with Airbus to assemble the H135, and the Russian factory expects this will start with the delivery of kits for four helicopters… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-May-16

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London Helicopter Charters gains its own AOC

London Helicopter Charters gains its own AOC

British operator London Helicopter Charters Ltd has been issued their own Air Operator Certificate (AOC number 2441), to support the operation of sightseeing tours in and around the UK’s capital city. The company operates under three different guises using the same two AS350 helicopters which are based at Redhill Aerodrome. * The London Helicopter –… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-May-16

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Blue Hawaiian Helicopters faces lawsuit over hard landing

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters faces lawsuit over hard landing

A lawsuit has been filed against tour operator Blue Hawaiian Helicopters following a hard landing on Kauai in January of this year.  The preliminary NTSB report of the accident of Airbus EC130T2 N11VQ on 17th January stated “On January 17, 2016, about 1430 Hawaii standard time, an Airbus EC130 T2, N11VQ, landed hard on a… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-May-16

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Kazakhstan operator SkyTech picks PA100 PUREair System for new Airbus H130

Kazakhstan operator SkyTech picks PA100 PUREair System for new Airbus H130

DART Aerospace and its Russian distributor Heliatica LLC announce that SkyTech LLC (SkyService), located in Almaty region in the Republic of Kazakhstan, installed the PA100 PUREair Engine Protection System on their new H130 helicopter. The aircraft completion was performed by Heliswiss Ibérica in Barcelona. SkyTech LLC (SkyService) is a multi-mission operator performing high altitude flights… Read more »

Source: Dart, 16-May-16

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STARS Lottery Saskatchewan celebrates fifth anniversary

STARS Lottery Saskatchewan celebrates fifth anniversary

STARS has flown more than 3,000 missions to more than 400 communities across Saskatchewan since it established operations in the province in 2012. The missions have been made possible with the help of STARS Lottery, which is now celebrating its fifth birthday. The lottery officially kicked off today with 2019 prizes valued at more than… Read more »

Source: STARS, 16-May-16

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NHV start operating two H175s out of Ghana

NHV start operating two H175s out of Ghana

Belgian based operator NHV have recently taken two Airbus H175 helicopters out to Western Africa, and will be operating them from Ghana.  They will be based at Takoradi under contract to Tullow Oil, which has had interests in two exploration licences offshore Ghana since 2006. NHV now has two H175s based at Aberdeen in the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-May-16

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Babcock confirm Wales Air Ambulance to start night flying

Babcock confirm Wales Air Ambulance to start night flying

Wales Air Ambulance (WAA) provides an airborne EMS service to Wales, part of the United Kingdom.  At present they have three Airbus EC135s, and contract with Babcock MCS Onshore (ex Bond Air Services) for the provision of aircraft, pilots and so on.  They operate from three bases to cover the area efficiently.  Additionally, they have… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-May-16

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Airbus to upgrade avionics on 35 EC145s for Securite Civile

Airbus to upgrade avionics on 35 EC145s for Securite Civile

Airbus Helicopters has been awarded a contract by the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) to retrofit the avionics suite of the 35 EC145 helicopters operated by the Sécurité Civile, an agency of the French Ministry of Interior that performs critical search and rescue and medical evacuation services throughout the French territory. As part of this… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 12-May-16

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Wales Air Ambulance – night flights or specialist pediatric EC135?

Wales Air Ambulance – night flights or specialist pediatric EC135?

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Source: HeliHub.com, 12-May-16

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CHC to cut fleet by 90 by mid July

CHC to cut fleet by 90 by mid July

An official court-filed statement provides a lot more information about the situation at CHC.  It was filed by Michael B Cox, Global Head of Seabury’s Corporate Advisory Services.  Seabury was retained by CHC Group and each of the other debtors (collectively, the “Debtors”) in early 2016 to provide strategic business advice with respect to restructuring… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-May-16

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Britannia2000 to supply Mission Computer for Police Scotland H135

Britannia2000 to supply Mission Computer for Police Scotland H135

Britannia2000 is delighted to have been selected and contracted once again by Babcock (formerly Bond Air Services) for the supply of their Compact Airborne Mission Computer (CAMC) for Police Scotland. This follows Babcock’s selection of Britannia to supply the CAMC for the UK’s National Police Aviation Service (NPAS) in the upgrade of seven of their… Read more »

Source: Britannia2000, 10-May-16

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First Airbus H125 arrives in Italy

First Airbus H125 arrives in Italy

The first Airbus H125 helicopter has arrived in Italy according to the blog of local enthusiast Damiano Gualdoni. Elitellina has taken delivery at their Sondrio base of serial number 8239 in an all-white scheme.  It arrived on French test registration F-WTAG and has the eventual Italian registration I-MGIO covered over in tape. Jeremy Parkin –… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-May-16

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Babcock wins German-based windfarm support contract

Babcock wins German-based windfarm support contract

Babcock MCS has won a new contract to fly windfarm workers from Emden in Germany – via its Northern HeliCopter (NHC) subsidiary which it acquired as part of its recent purchase of Heli Aviation. The contract with Global Tech I Offshore Wind GmbH and Windea Offshore GmbH calls for weekly flights every Friday to support… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-May-16

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FInnish Border Guards receive second H215 today

FInnish Border Guards receive second H215 today

Airbus Helicopters delivered the first of two H215s to join the Finnish Boarder Guard fleet on 28th February, and the second is expected to arrive today.  Serial 2926, and registered OH-HVQ, the aircraft departed the factory at Marignane in southern France yesterday and has over-nighted in Germany. The Finnish Boarder Guard already operates three AS332… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-May-16

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Full analysis of the impact on CHC of the Norwegian EC225 accident

Full analysis of the impact on CHC of the Norwegian EC225 accident

Two and a half weeks ago, on April 15th, CHC chose to delay the payment of $46 Million in interest due on its 9.25% senior secured notes maturing October 15, 2020 (the “2020 Notes”).  At the time, our analysis of the company’s unaudited balance sheet at 31 January 2016 showed that its liabilities exceeded its… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-May-16

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AS332 Super Puma is NOT implicated by Bergen EC225 accident

AS332 Super Puma is NOT implicated by Bergen EC225 accident

Given the volume of emails and phone calls that HeliHub.com has received in recent days, mainly from outside the helicopter industry, we are taking this opportunity to put one key point down in writing. They key area of investigation is the main rotor gearbox and the suspension bars which sit at an angle to hold… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-May-16

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Shell puts pause on using CHC Norway

Shell puts pause on using CHC Norway

Shell has issued the following statement, in which they confirm they are suspending using CHC Norway as an operator.  The oil company’s decision does not extend to CHC in any other country. “Shell has with sadness followed the reports of the tragic event outside Bergen in Norway. Our thoughts and condolences go out to the… Read more »

Source: Shell, 04-May-16

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Latest statement (May 3) from Airbus Helicopters on EC225 situation

3 May – Airbus Helicopters welcomes the announcement made by the Accident Investigation Board Norway (AIBN) today. The investigation will now solely be focused on potential root causes of a technical failure, such as design, production, and/or maintenance. Airbus Helicopters continues to provide its full support to the AIBN investigation. At this stage and based… Read more »

04-May-16

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Maverick Helicopters wins Best Air Tour award for 7th year running

Maverick Helicopters wins Best Air Tour award for 7th year running

Maverick Helicopters took home its seventh consecutive award for Best Air Tour from the Southern Nevada Hotel Concierge Association’s (SNHCA) Concierge Choice Awards. The company was honored during a ceremony on Sunday, May 1. The SNHCA is an association of professional hotel concierges dedicated to providing the highest level of service possible in Las Vegas…. Read more »

Source: Maverick Helicopters, 03-May-16

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EASA issue Emergency AD for EC225

EASA issue Emergency AD for EC225

EASA issued an Emergency Airworthiness Directive (AD), following the tragic accident which occurred in Norway on 29 April 2016 to an Airbus Helicopters EC 225 helicopter. The partial information available so far indicate an in-flight separation of the main rotor from the main gearbox (MGB); an investigation is on-going to identify the root cause of… Read more »

Source: EASA, 03-May-16

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Norwegian Investigator’s statement on EC225

Norwegian Investigator’s statement on EC225

The Accident Investigation Board Norway arrived at the accident site on Turøy in Hordaland Friday evening. Helicopter wreckage was retrieved from land and the sea bottom Saturday and was then transferred to Haakonsvern naval base (Bergen) by ship. The combined Flight Data and Cockpit Voice Recorder was retrieved from the wreckage Friday night. The unit… Read more »

Source: AIBN, 03-May-16

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OIl & Gas UK statement on EC225

OIl & Gas UK statement on EC225

Mick Borwell, Health, Safety and Environment Policy Director with Oil & Gas UK, said: “This is tragic news from Norway and our immediate thoughts go to the family, friends and colleagues of those involved in this incident. “The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has followed the Norwegian CAA in issuing a Safety Directive effective from… Read more »

Source: OIl & Gas UK, 03-May-16

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CHC statement on EC225 accident

CHC statement on EC225 accident

CHC Helicopter Service earlier today confirmed that flight HKS 241 from the Gullfaks B platform was involved in an accident near the Flesland Airport in Bergen, Norway on April 29, 2016. The helicopter, an Airbus EC 225, carried 11 passengers and two crewmembers. The flight was operated on behalf of Statoil. “We are greatly saddened… Read more »

Source: CHC, 03-May-16

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UK AAIB statement on EC225

UK AAIB statement on EC225

The AAIB is deploying a small team to assist the Norwegian AIBN in their investigation of a helicopter accident near Bergen. Air Accidents Investigation Branch Chief Inspector Keith Conradi said: “We were sad to hear of the loss of a helicopter west of Bergen, Norway. The Air Accidents Investigation Branch has offered to assist the… Read more »

Source: AAIB, 03-May-16

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Bristow statement on EC225

Bristow statement on EC225

On Friday, April 29, 2016, an accident occurred with an Airbus Helicopters EC225LP (also known as a H225) model helicopter operated by another helicopter company, which resulted in a crash near Turøy outside of Bergen, Norway. The aircraft was carrying eleven passengers and two crew members at the time of the accident. Thirteen fatalities were… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 03-May-16

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Royal Thai Navy receives first pair of H145M

Royal Thai Navy receives first pair of H145M

With today´s successful technical acceptance, Airbus Helicopters has handed over the first two of five lightweight military multi-role H145M helicopters to the Royal Thai Navy. This marks an important milestone in the H145M programme on its way to the final acceptance and entry into service in Thailand at the end of 2016. A delegation from… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 03-May-16

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CHC EC225 – Text of Norwegian Safety Directive

CHC EC225 – Text of Norwegian Safety Directive

SAFETY DIRECTIVE – Airbus Helicopters EC225LP – Limitation of operations in the Kingdom of Norway due to fatal accident on the 29th of April 2016 This Safety Directive contains mandatory action that is required to establish an acceptable level of safety. It is issued in accordance with the Aviation Act (Luftfartsloven) §4-1 and regulation (EC)… Read more »

Source: Luftfartstilsynet, 03-May-16

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Airbus Helicopters believe EC225 is safe to fly

Airbus Helicopters believe EC225 is safe to fly

Below is the wording of two separate statements from manufacturer Airbus Helicopters following the accident of an EC225 operated by CHC on 29th April   May 1, 2016 – Considering the additional information gathered during the last 48 hours, Airbus Helicopters’ decision, at this stage, is to not suspend flights of any nature for the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 03-May-16

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CHC EC225 – UK CAA statement

CHC EC225 – UK CAA statement

“Our thoughts are with those affected by the tragic accident in Norway. “Following the accident the UK CAA has issued an instruction to stop any commercial passenger flights by UK operators flying the Airbus EC225LP helicopter. This mirrors action taken by the Norwegian CAA. The restriction does not apply to search and rescue flights. “The… Read more »

Source: CAA, 03-May-16

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Babcock wins wind farm support work from Siemens

Babcock wins wind farm support work from Siemens

Siemens has received a major order for its offshore wind power business – to supply, install and commission a total of 102 wind turbines, each with a capacity of seven megawatts and a rotor diameter of 154 meters.  This falls under the East Anglia ONE project, for which the customer is ScottishPower Renewables, and is… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Apr-16

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29-Apr-16 LN-OJF Airbus EC225 Bergen, Norway (13F)

Main rotor blades and hub reportedly detached in flight, and a video online purports to show this subsystem spinning down to earth.  The remainder of the helicopter descended at high rate, impacting  rocky ground with 13 fatalities on impact and being consumed in the post-impact fire.  The helicopter was being operated for Statoil, and en… Read more »

29-Apr-16

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STARS Air Ambulance warns of Alberta scam

STARS Air Ambulance warns of Alberta scam

In a post on its Facebook page, STARS says a number of Albertans have received calls from someone claiming to be a STARS lottery representative telling the would-be victim they have won a prize, but in order to have it shipped to them they must first transfer a certain amount of money  See full story

Source: Global News, 26-Apr-16

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Airbus takes H215 on South America demo tour

Airbus takes H215 on South America demo tour

The H215 heavy helicopter, a member of the Super Puma family, will be demonstrating its multi-mission capabilities and performance for aerial work in high & hot conditions during a demo tour of Latin America. The demo flights will begin tomorrow in Argentina and will then continue in Chile before finishing in Peru. During this three-week… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 19-Apr-16

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STARS gives away four houses and six cars in $5.6M of lottery prizes

STARS gives away four houses and six cars in $5.6M of lottery prizes

Many Albertans have cause to celebrate, following the announcement of the 2016 STARS lottery grand prize winners today. The lottery raised more than $11.5 million net for the non-profit, with 3,200 prizes worth more than $5.6 million retail. Lethbridge residents and Edmonton show home winners Ed and Marlene Grinnell were thrilled to learn they had… Read more »

Source: STARS, 15-Apr-16

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Maverick Aviation Group holds big PR event with local school

Maverick Aviation Group holds big PR event with local school

Rancho High School’s aviation maintenance students were given the experience of a lifetime on Friday, April 8 as they received an all-access look at Maverick Aviation Group’s corporate headquarters, as well as interacted with pilots and maintenance technicians. The behind-the-scenes tour kicked off as Bryan Kroten, vice president of marketing at Maverick Aviation Group, welcomed… Read more »

Source: Maverick, 12-Apr-16

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Great North Air Ambulance to feature in second series of Air Ambulance ER

Great North Air Ambulance to feature in second series of Air Ambulance ER

The second series of Air Ambulance ER will broadcast at 9pm on Monday nights on Sky One. The show features the work of the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS), which operates across the North-East, North Yorkshire and Cumbria. Filming took place last summer at both the charity’s bases, at Durham Tees Valley Airport near Darlington and at Langwathby,… Read more »

Source: GNAA, 11-Apr-16

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Kawasaki delivers first two EC145s to Japanese National Police

Kawasaki delivers first two EC145s to Japanese National Police

Kawasaki Heavy Industries has announced that it has delivered two EC145 helicopters to the National Police Agency in its native Japan. These will be the first EC145s to be used by the National Police Agency, and are replacements of existing helicopters deployed by the Police in the prefectures of Kanagawa and Chiba. The EC145 is,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Apr-16

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UK wind farm operator centralises helicopter and vessel monitoring

UK wind farm operator centralises helicopter and vessel monitoring

In a contract awarded by DONG Energy (DE), SeaPlanner was confirmed as the system provider for their Marine and Helicopter Coordination Centre (MHCC), acting as a centralised hub for their UK offshore wind farm construction and a number of regional Operations MHCCs. The MHCC project utilises SeaPlanner’s latest enhancements that set out to centralise, standardise,… Read more »

Source: SeaPlanner, 08-Apr-16

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Airbus H215 reaches end of US coast-to-coast demo tour

Airbus H215 reaches end of US coast-to-coast demo tour

Following the Heli-Expo trade show in Kentucky in early March, Airbus Helicopters took their H215 demonstrator from there on a tour across the US.  The series of flights naturally visited both current and prospective customers, and has concluded with the aircraft on static display at the Aerial Firefighting International in Sacramento, California. The three week… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Apr-16

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Bristow starts flying S92 and EC225 for Petrofac under new flight-share agreement

Bristow starts flying S92 and EC225 for Petrofac under new flight-share agreement

Bristow Helicopters Limited, the market leading helicopter logistics company, has commenced flights for Petrofac in the Central North Sea. The contract, which sees Bristow flying Petrofac passengers to the Central North Sea for the first time, commenced in March and will continue for three years, with two additional one year options. Alan Corbett, Managing Director… Read more »

Source: Bristow Helicopters, 06-Apr-16

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Hawaii Life Flight EC135 forced to move away from hospital helipad

Hawaii Life Flight EC135 forced to move away from hospital helipad

On the expiration of a three year agreement to operate from Hilo Medical Center, Hawaii Health Systems Corp is instead requesting Hawaii Life Flight move its aircraft to the Hilo International Airport.  See full story

Source: West Hawaii Today, 06-Apr-16

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REACH opens new base on the Viejas Reservation

REACH opens new base on the Viejas Reservation

The Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians and REACH Air Medical Services (REACH) recently opened a new helicopter base on the Viejas Reservation. Helicopter services will provide life-saving medical support to local communities, as well as offer secondary support to REACH bases in San Diego, Imperial, and Riverside counties. “We value our partnership with REACH and… Read more »

Source: REACH, 06-Apr-16

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Dart Aerospace to exhibit helicopter floats at SAFE Europe Symposium

Dart Aerospace to exhibit helicopter floats at SAFE Europe Symposium

DART Aerospace representatives will highlight the company’s comprehensive aviation safety equipment capabilities at the 23rd SAFE Europe Symposium at the Beaumont Estate Hotel, Old Windsor, UK on April 11-13, 2016 where it will display its’ Airbus Helicopters H125/AS350 Quick Release Emergency Float System With Integrated Liferafts. This system is ideal for multi-mission operators looking to… Read more »

Source: Dart Aerospace, 06-Apr-16

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FAA approves Heli-One repair station in Poland

FAA approves Heli-One repair station in Poland

Heli-One’s Rzeszow, Poland facility has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) repair station approval. Heli-One Poland’s facility, which opened in 2014, provides base maintenance support for Airbus AS332, H225, and H135 aircraft. In addition, it offers component repairs such as the AW139 exhaust duct. This approval offers U.S.-based operators or U.S.-registered aircraft a new cost-efficient maintenance… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 01-Apr-16

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Las Vegas Metro Police to acquire Airbus H145

Las Vegas Metro Police to acquire Airbus H145

Local news outlets in Nevada are reporting that the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police have approval to buy a new Airbus H145, with delivery targeted for March 2017.  The new helicopter will operate in the SAR role and replace one of two HH-1H helicopers which date back to the early 1970s.  The Metropolitan Police Committee on… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Mar-16

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Scotland Charity Air Ambulance reports on 1,000th mission

Scotland Charity Air Ambulance reports on 1,000th mission

A leisurely Easter weekend walk on the slopes of Schiehallion in Highland Perthshire turned into a full scale emergency, prompting the landmark 1,000th rapid response from Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA). The country’s only charity-funded helicopter air ambulance was scrambled from its base at Perth Airport when emergency services received a call to say a… Read more »

Source: SCAA, 30-Mar-16

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Seattle news helicopter crash survivor files lawsuit

Seattle news helicopter crash survivor files lawsuit

Guillermo Sanchez was driving to work in Seattle on the morning of March 18, 2014 when the news helicopter fell from the sky and hit his car while he was stopped at a red light.  See full story

Source: KREM, 23-Mar-16

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Spain – Galicia air ambulance flying hours cut

Spain – Galicia air ambulance flying hours cut

The government of the state of Galicia is reported to have cut flying hours for EMS helicopters in an apparent cost-cutting exercise, according to the locally based 20Minutos, among others. Traditionally, two helicopters have operated in daylight hours for the last 25 years, which gives at least 15 flying hours in mid-summer. However, it has… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Mar-16

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Thames Valley and Hampshire IOW Air Ambulances start night flights

Thames Valley and Hampshire IOW Air Ambulances start night flights

Thames Valley Air Ambulance (TVAA) and Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) have officially started night-time Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) operations across the South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) region and the Isle of Wight. TVAA’s Airbus H135 helicopter is flown by highly-trained and experienced Bond pilots operating with the latest-generation of night-vision… Read more »

Source: TVAC, 18-Mar-16

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17-Mar-16 9N-AJI Airbus AS350B3e Langtang, Nepal

Crashed on take off after unloading construction materials, ending on its starboard side.

17-Mar-16

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16-Mar-16 C-FBLW Airbus AS350BA Smithers, Canada

C-FBLW, a TRK Helicopters Aerospatiale AS350 BA helicopter, was operated under contract to SKEENA Heli-Ski from the Bear Creek Lodge, BC, about 82 nautical miles north west of Smithers, BC. The flight was returning to base camp in the late afternoon with a pilot and 6 passengers on board. As the pilot was maneuvering the… Read more »

16-Mar-16

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New £4.5M air ambulance base opened at Glasgow Airport

New £4.5M air ambulance base opened at Glasgow Airport

The Cabinet Secretary for Health & Wellbeing, Shona Robison, formally opened a new, purpose built base for air ambulance and clinical retrieval teams at Glasgow Airport today. The new facility brings Scottish Ambulance Service Air Ambulance helicopter and fixed wing operations from the West into a single location. Scotland’s national specialists retrieval service for critically ill… Read more »

Source: Scottish Ambulance Service, 15-Mar-16

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Airwork (NZ) orders 100th LTS101-850B-2 engine

Airwork (NZ) orders 100th LTS101-850B-2 engine

Airwork recently ordered its 100th LTS101-850B-2 engine from Honeywell which is a fantastic achievement for the joint venture project that started between Honeywell and Airwork in 2009. The 850B-2 engines are installed into the BK117-B2 providing an impressive upgrade to the aircraft performance and capability. Airwork brands the upgraded aircraft as the BK117-850D2. The Airwork… Read more »

Source: Airwork NZ, 14-Mar-16

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11-Mar-16 Eurocopter AS365N Shimen, Taiwan (2F)

While in low hover with winchman on the wire, the helicopter started to spin uncontrollably and then crashed into the sea.  2 fatality, 3 critical The scene was a beached cargo ship, and the weather was rough Cell phone video here

11-Mar-16

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Heli-One Completes Airbus H225 9,000 HR G Check

Heli-One Completes Airbus H225 9,000 HR G Check

Heli-One, the world’s largest independent provider of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has completed the 9,000 HR G Check on a H225 for a major operator in the North Sea. The maintenance was performed at Heli-One’s Stavanger facility in Norway, and marks the first major H225 inspection for that operator. Heli-One became the… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 10-Mar-16

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Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta becomes launch customer for EC145e

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta becomes launch customer for EC145e

Metro Aviation became the first North American customer for the EC145e when it contracted to purchase six helicopters and launched an extensive demo tour of the new lighter weight, lower cost version of the highly successful EC145.  Metro recently identified Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta as the launch customer for the 145e and says they are… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 09-Mar-16

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First German first H145M special ops pilots complete training

First German first H145M special ops pilots complete training

In keeping with the already brand new helicopter, the first pilot of the H145M in Laupheim have now arrived. Special: You are authorized flight instructor and other pilots for the Air Force to train. In the Road Traffic Act, it is easy. With licenses for categories truck, bus or car, we must all models of… Read more »

Source: Luftwaffe, 09-Mar-16

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DRF completes sale and leaseback of two EC135s with Waypoint

DRF completes sale and leaseback of two EC135s with Waypoint

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced that it has closed a multi-aircraft agreement with DRF Luftrettung (“DRF”), one of the largest non-profit air rescue services in Germany, for the purchase and leaseback of two Airbus H135P2 helicopters. Both helicopters will operate in Germany, supporting civilian emergency medical… Read more »

Source: Waypoint, 06-Mar-16

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ADAC marks 130,000 hours with IBF-fitted PW206 engines

ADAC marks 130,000 hours with IBF-fitted PW206 engines

“ADAC implemented the IBF in 2011 to directly address the environmental challenges its fleet encounters – which is absolutely critical for an emergency medical services provider,” said Irene Makris, Vice President, Marketing, P&WC. “The IBF device ensures there are no flight delays and allows the fleet to be operated for any kind of emergency mission,… Read more »

Source: P&WC, 06-Mar-16

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Genesys Aerosystems aims for FAA STC for EC120 HeliSAS and Two-Axis Autopilot

Genesys Aerosystems aims for FAA STC for EC120 HeliSAS and Two-Axis Autopilot

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 »

Source: Genesys Aerosystems, 06-Mar-16

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San Bernardino County Sheriff picks Vector for AS350 12-year inspections

San Bernardino County Sheriff picks Vector for AS350 12-year inspections

Vector Aerospace, a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a contract to perform 12-year inspections on three Airbus Helicopters AS350 B3 AStars operated by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department (SBCSD). Vector will conduct these inspections at its facilities in Langley,… Read more »

Source: Vector, 04-Mar-16

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Airbus approves subsidiary Vector for EC130 Tail Rotor Gearbox MRO

Airbus approves subsidiary Vector for EC130 Tail Rotor Gearbox MRO

Vector Aerospace (www.vectoraerospace.com), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce the addition of the Airbus Helicopters H130 (formerly EC130 T2) and EC130 B4 tail rotor gearbox (TGB) to its existing range of rotorcraft repair and overhaul (R&O) capabilities. Vector will offer this expanded support for the… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 04-Mar-16

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WeatherTech entrepreneur orders Airbus H145

WeatherTech entrepreneur orders Airbus H145

One of America’s leading entrepreneurs, David MacNeil, owner of MacNeil Automotive Products Ltd. in Bolingbrook, Ill., placed an order Wednesday for an Airbus Helicopters H145 for use with his highly successful company that manufactures the acclaimed WeatherTech automotive products. MacNeil said the decision to buy the H145 was based on the performance, quality and safety… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 04-Mar-16

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Wales Air Ambulance pays tribute to former chairman as it moves into new HQ

Wales Air Ambulance pays tribute to former chairman as it moves into new HQ

The name of the founder and chairman of the Wales Air Ambulance Charity will live on among future generations of medics and fundraisers. The lifesaving charity has named the boardroom and training centre at its newly-built headquarters in Dafen after Swansea businessman, the late Bob Palmer, who died in 2013. Mr Palmer’s wife Ann, alongside… Read more »

Source: Wales Air Ambulance, 04-Mar-16

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Finnish Boarder Guards receive their first H215

Finnish Boarder Guards receive their first H215

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first of two H215s to join the Finnish Boarder Guard fleet, announced today at the Heli Expo Trade Show, where an H215 can be visited on the static display. The first H215 arrived in Finland on February 28 following a training session at the Airbus Helicopters headquarters in Marignane, France…. Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 03-Mar-16

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Phoenix Heli-Flight Acquires New H130

Phoenix Heli-Flight Acquires New H130

Following a successful Canadian demonstration tour, the first utility configured H130 aircraft is acquired by Phoenix Heli-Flight. Phoenix Heli-Flight, a charter helicopter company operating out of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, is a privately owned company known to be a regional leader, providing modern, new aircraft which enables Phoenix to supply innovative solutions to all of… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 03-Mar-16

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Wales Air Ambulance to upgrade from EC135s to H145s in 2017

Wales Air Ambulance to upgrade from EC135s to H145s in 2017

Wales Air Ambulance will introduce a brand new fleet of custom-made aircraft which will significantly enhance its operations, the charity has announced. Three new helicopters will be launched in January 2017 after a competitive tender process which drew international interest for Wales. Helicopter operator Bond, a Babcock International Group company, secured the winning bid to… Read more »

Source: Wales Air Ambulance, 03-Mar-16

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