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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

Germany ends Tiger Helicopter Grounding

Germany ends Tiger Helicopter Grounding

Airbus Tiger attack helicopters have been given approval by the German military to resume flights. The Tiger helicopters were grounded after a fatal crash in Mali. Pilots are now having to adhere to certain speed and weight restrictions, as well as the amount of autopilot usage, reports DFNS.net Air.

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Sep-17

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UK training school to exhibit at German careers event

UK training school to exhibit at German careers event

It’s now less than two weeks to go until the 16th September, when we’ll be over in Germany exhibiting with Pilot Careers Live at the Maritim ProArte Hotel in Berlin! We’re looking forward to meeting prospective trainee pilots from all over Europe and hope to be able to give an insight into the training and… Read more »

Source: Helicentre Aviation, 11-Sep-17

German operator Air Lloyd wins pipeline contract

German operator Air Lloyd wins pipeline contract

German operator Air Lloyd has won a gas pipeline contract with Gasunie, a Dutch-owned operator, the EU tenders website TED has announced.  This company has a pipeline network in both their native Netherlands and Germany, and have recently awarded separate helicopter patrol contracts for each part.  Gasunie is contracting Air Lloyd to patrol approximately 2,200… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Aug-17

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

Germany Defends their Tiger Helicopters after Mali Crash

Germany Defends their Tiger Helicopters after Mali Crash

Wednesday saw a fatal crash of one of Germany’s Tiger helicopters, which killed two of its crew members in Mali. The German defence ministry sent four Tiger helicopters to Mali as part of a U.N peacekeeping project. The helicopters were not shot down or brought down by attack and indications show there might have been… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Aug-17

DLR makes rotor noise and vibration advances with Airbus Germany

DLR makes rotor noise and vibration advances with Airbus Germany

Under some operating conditions, rotors are the main source of noise produced by a helicopter. To reduce this noise and the simultaneous vibrations, the German Aerospace Centre (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR), together with Airbus Helicopters Deutschland, has tested active rotor control on a modern, five-blade rotor in a wind tunnel as part of… Read more »

Source: DLR, 01-Aug-17

Airbus Bids for German Procurement Programme

Airbus Bids for German Procurement Programme

Airbus has proposed that domestic firms receive a cut of the €4 billion contract that the German government has set aside for their next generation of low-risk heavy-lift helicopters. But due to their demands, the government is currently looking to Lockheed Martin and Boeing for their existing heavy-lift military units. Although the project must still… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Jul-17

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EU approves €377 million state aid for Airbus X6

EU approves €377 million state aid for Airbus X6

The European Commission has approved under EU state aid rules €377 million of French and German support to develop the innovative Airbus X6 heavy helicopter. The project will significantly contribute to research and innovation in the EU without unduly distorting competition in the Single Market. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “The French and… Read more »

Source: The European Commission, 07-Jul-17

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Sikorsky expects over 200 export orders for CH-53K

Sikorsky expects over 200 export orders for CH-53K

Sikorsky hopes to gain a 200 export order for their new CH-53K King Stallion heavy lift helicopter. Both Germany and Israel are looking to replace their aging fleets of CH-53s with Sikorsky’s newest CH-53K King Stallion. Germany seems the most likely opportunity, as they plan to release a RFP by 2018. Their competition for the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Jun-17

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02-Jun-17 D-HFCQ Robinson R44 Rostock, Germany

Main blades struck street light on final approach to land at the Hohe Düne marina, and the instability created led to the crash.  Tail (including rotor) separated in the accident.  The complete scene is best seen in this YouTube video. Light injuries to the 4 POB – although some reports say 3 POB and one… Read more »

02-Jun-17

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31-May-17 Boeing AH-64 Dornstadt-Tomerdingen, Germany

Emergency landing in a field of crop. No apparent damage from photos in press.  Quote > Instruments indicated that the hydraulics powering the flight control system had a loss in pressure, prompting a “land-as-soon-as-possible condition”

31-May-17

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Airbus delivers an H145 to the Saxony-Anhalt police

Airbus delivers an H145 to the Saxony-Anhalt police

Airbus Helicopters has handed over an H145 to the helicopter squadron of the Saxony-Anhalt state police. The aircraft will be used for the entire spectrum of police tasks. Following in Baden-Württemberg and North Rhine-Westphalia’s footsteps, Saxony-Anhalt is the third federal state in Germany to have purchased the helicopter.   The helicopter’s equipment includes a thermal… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 26-May-17

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Safran signs contract to support German NH90 engines

Safran signs contract to support German NH90 engines

Safran Helicopter Engines has signed a 7-year support contract with BAAINBw (Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support) to support RTM322-powered NH90 operated by the German Army (Heer) and German Navy (Marine). This contract will support a total fleet of around 100 NH90 (82 TTH and 18 NTH). Formerly supported by previous… Read more »

Source: Safran Helicopter Engines, 19-May-17

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RotorSchmiede VA115 becomes first ultralight helicopter approved in Germany

RotorSchmiede VA115 becomes first ultralight helicopter approved in Germany

RotorSchmiede, a company division of China’s DEA General Aviation, is pleased to announce that it has been issued with a “Permit to Fly” from LBA, Germany’s Federal Aviation Office,   for a prototype of its new VA115 Co-axial helicopter.  It becomes the first in a new category of ultra-light helicopters to receive this approval under Germany’s… Read more »

Source: RotorSchmiede, 24-Mar-17

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Motorflug starts German military training contract with JetRangers

Motorflug starts German military training contract with JetRangers

German operator Motorflug has commenced operations this week on the military training contract at the Buckeburg base.  Motorflug were awarded the contract in December 2016 after successfully bidding with six Bell 206 JetRangers. After the German military made the decision to discontinue using Bo105s, they needed a basic training helicopter, and most basic level aircraft… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Mar-17

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New simulation software improves helicopter pilot training

New simulation software improves helicopter pilot training

Missions at sea, in mountainous regions or close to skyscrapers are extremely risky for helicopter pilots. The turbulent air flows near oil rigs, ships, cliffs and tall buildings can throw a helicopter off balance and cause a crash. To provide pilots with optimal preparation for these challenging conditions, engineers at the Technical University of Munich… Read more »

Source: Technical University of Munich, 05-Mar-17

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Airbus awarded contract to retrofit 26 Bundeswehr CH-53 helicopters

Airbus awarded contract to retrofit 26 Bundeswehr CH-53 helicopters

Airbus Helicopters has received an order from the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) to retrofit 26 CH-53 heavy transport helicopters. This contract will cover obsolescence management for components that are no longer available on the market and will begin by replacing them with up-to-date parts. This retrofit will guarantee the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 28-Feb-17

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DRF averages 100 missions a day from 31 bases in Germany and Austria

DRF averages 100 missions a day from 31 bases in Germany and Austria

At 31 HEMS bases in Germany and Austria DRF Luftrettung is operating helicopters for emergency rescue and the transport of intensive care patients between clinics, at eight HEMS bases 24/7. In addition to that, DRF Luftrettung operates ambulance aircrafts for worldwide repatriation of patients. In 2016 DRF Luftrettung was called 38,023 times to rescue missions… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 30-Jan-17

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Waypoint leases Airbus H225 to GHS for ops in Africa

Waypoint leases Airbus H225 to GHS for ops in Africa

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced that it has agreed to lease one Airbus H225 helicopter to Global Helicopter Service GmbH (“GHS”), a German operator with a strong presence in Africa, for utility and humanitarian support missions. Con Barber, Director of Middle East & Africa Sales and… Read more »

Source: Waypoint Leasing, 13-Jan-17

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German Navy Plans for Sea Lynx Replacement

German Navy Plans for Sea Lynx Replacement

The German Navy has started to plan the retirement of their fleet of 21 Westland Sea Lynx helicopters. Before they can create a bidding process, they still have to formulate what requirements they are looking for in the replacements. The parties interested seem to be Sikorsky, AgustaWestland, Airbus and Leonardo-Finmeccanica. The decision will be delayed… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Dec-16

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German federal police to receive three H215 helicopters

German federal police to receive three H215 helicopters

The German federal police (Bundespolizei) has signed a contract with Airbus Helicopters for the purchase of three H215 multi-role rotorcraft via the purchasing administration of the German Federal Ministry of Interior . The aircraft will be tasked with a number of challenging roles, among them maritime emergencies and police missions. The helicopters are scheduled for… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 13-Dec-16

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Airbus H145 delivered to Wiking Helikopter

Airbus H145 delivered to Wiking Helikopter

Wiking Helikopter has just received their first H145 Airbus helicopter, one of two. The two helicopters are the first ones ordered in offshore configuration. The second H145 will be delivered in October 2017, reports Eban Magazine. The new helicopters will be used for recuse missions in the North Sea area, transporting harbour pilots and technicians… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Dec-16

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Kaan Air became a major shareholder of Wiking Helicopter Service

Kaan Air became a major shareholder of Wiking Helicopter Service

Kaan Air International is very thrilled to announce that it has entered into a definitive purchase agreement to acquire 60% ownership of Wiking Helicopter Service, a helicopter operator based in Sande-Germany. Wiking is a leader in providing of sea-pilot transfers but also provides flights for international oil and gas companies and supplies the offshore wind… Read more »

Source: Kaan Air, 28-Oct-16

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EASA Workshop on Crew Resource Management

EASA Workshop on Crew Resource Management

This is a call for registration for the EASA workshop on Crew Resource Management which will take place on 8 November 2016 in Cologne, Germany. Whether your background is Operations, Flight Crew, Administration or any other related field, do not hesitate contact us. CRM and Communication has been identified through EASA’s Safety Risk Management process… Read more »

Source: EASA, 26-Oct-16

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Leonardo gets more orders for AgustaWestland helicopters

Leonardo gets more orders for AgustaWestland helicopters

Leonardo-Finmeccanica shows continued strength in all civil helicopter markets. The company announced today the signing of a contract with Centaurium Aviation Ltd. of Switzerland for an AgustaWestland GrandNew light twin engine helicopter. The signing was performed during an official ceremony held at Helitech, Amsterdam. This aircraft is scheduled to enter service in spring 2017 and… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 14-Oct-16

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Dart Aerospace expands European network

Dart Aerospace expands European network

DART Aerospace expands its Approved Maintenance Center (AMC) network to Europe offering competitive aftermarket solutions. DART will hold a cocktail to celebrate the launch of this network expansion during Helitech International on booth 12C60, Tuesday October 11th at 15:00.  You are invited! Helicopter operators and private owners in this region now have the option to… Read more »

Source: DART Aerospace, 12-Oct-16

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Heli Aviation becomes Babcock MCS Germany

Heli Aviation becomes Babcock MCS Germany

Heli Aviation GmbH, the Mission Critical Services helicopter operator, has changed its name to Babcock MCS Germany. The brand change is the final step in the process of the company’s acquisition by Babcock International Group (Babcock). Going forward, Heli Aviation will be referred to simply as Babcock, a business with the stability and financial strength… Read more »

Source: Babcock MCS Germany, 10-Oct-16

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ADAC upgrades two BK117s to -850D2 standard

ADAC upgrades two BK117s to -850D2 standard

ADAC Luftrettung the largest emergency medical helicopter operator in Germany, has upgraded two of their BK117-B2 aircraft with the enhanced LTS101-850B-2 engines, making the aircraft Cat A / Class 1 compliant at Maximum All Up Weight (MAUW). After completion of the STC and installation of the -850 engines the model is marketed as the BK117-850D2…. Read more »

Source: Airwork NZ, 09-Aug-16

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US agent sells German Bell 412 to buyer in Austria

US agent sells German Bell 412 to buyer in Austria

HelicopterBuyer, Inc. has announced it has sold the 1992 Bell 412HP, S/N: 36057, R/N: D-HHUU exclusively on behalf of DRF (DRF Luftrettung) from Baden-Baden, Germany.  DRF is in the process of selling their Bell 412’s with HelicopterBuyer’s brokerage services and is transitioning to Airbus EC145 T2’s as part of a fleet modernization program. The EMS… Read more »

Source: HelicopterBuyer, 03-Aug-16

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DRF Luftrettung reports on first half year statistics

DRF Luftrettung reports on first half year statistics

At 31 HEMS bases in Germany and Austria DRF Luftrettung is operating helicopters for emergency rescue and the transport of intensive care patients between clinics, at eight HEMS bases 24/7. In addition to that, DRF Luftrettung operates ambulance aircraft with specialized crews for worldwide repatriations. From January to June 2016 DRF Luftrettung was called 19,248… Read more »

Source: DRF, 29-Jul-16

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Augmented reality enables helicopter flight in degraded visual environments

Augmented reality enables helicopter flight in degraded visual environments

Fog, blizzards, gusts of wind – poor weather can often make the operation of rescue helicopters a highly risky business, and sometimes even impossible. A new helmet-mounted display, developed by researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), may in the future be able to help pilots detect hazards at an early stage, even when… Read more »

Source: TUM, 11-Jul-16

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DRF changes supplier for H135 EMS interiors

DRF changes supplier for H135 EMS interiors

After the successful commissioning of the first five H145 helicopters with HEMS equipment from Bucher, DRF Luftrettung has now placed an order for two more AC70 HEMS kits. The innovative equipment has been designed and developed in close cooperation with users. The ergonomic and flexible design of the equipment is very popular in the market…. Read more »

Source: Bucher, 14-Jun-16

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German and Brazilian military ground AS532 and H725M

German and Brazilian military ground AS532 and H725M

Both the German and Brazilian military have reportedly grounded their Cougar/Caracal fleets in the light of the EASA grounding directive made earlier this month.  Following the CHC accident off Bergen on 29th April, only civilian aircraft have been grounded to date, largely driven by the way the certification authorities work.  Military certification is approached a… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Jun-16

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Airbus Helicopters Foundation signs agreement with German relief agency

Airbus Helicopters Foundation signs agreement with German relief agency

Airbus Helicopters Foundation has expanded its humanitarian outreach by signing a high-level agreement on heliborne airlift support for the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW), which coordinates and carries out operations at international natural disaster sites and in other emergency situations. The agreement was signed during the International Aeronautics and Space exhibition ILA by… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 06-Jun-16

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Wiking orders two H145s for offshore operations

Wiking orders two H145s for offshore operations

Airbus Helicopters and WIKING Helikopter Service have today signed a contract at the ILA show in Berlin for two H145s in offshore configuration, making them the first Airbus Helicopters products to be added to their WIKING Helikopter Service GmbH’s fleet. The delivery of the first H145 is scheduled for the end of the year. Both… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 01-Jun-16

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BHS Helicopterservice partners with jet operator DC Aviation

BHS Helicopterservice partners with jet operator DC Aviation

BHS Helicopterservice located in Bamberg, Germany, has entered a new partnership with DC Aviation located in Stuttgart. As part of this partnership, DC Aviation has expanded its operating license to the commercial use of helicopters. This enables DC Aviation to operate and charter helicopters, in addition to their current business jet fleet. BHS Helicopterservice was… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-May-16

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Airbus Helicopters to take Bluecopter to ILA 2016

Airbus Helicopters to take Bluecopter to ILA 2016

At the ILA show, Airbus Helicopters will present the Bluecopter – a helicopter to test efficiency-increasing and noise-reducing technologies – for the first time. With the help of Bluecopter, Airbus wants to further consolidate its global leading position as a provider of the quietest, most efficient and safest helicopters in the future. Airbus Helicopters will… Read more »

26-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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Babcock buys German operator Heli Aviation

Babcock buys German operator Heli Aviation

Babcock International Group has announced that it has completed the acquisition of Heli Aviation, the German operator based in Augsburg, and this business will sit within Babcock’s Mission Critical Services (MCS) business. With over 7-years’ experience in complex helicopter operations in challenging environments, Heli Aviation operates more than 11 helicopters of various types suitable for… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 28-Apr-16

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HeliHub report from Aero 2016 at Friedrichshafen

HeliHub report from Aero 2016 at Friedrichshafen

Germany is one of the few European countries where no ultralight helicopters operate. In this strongly aviation-minded country, this is an anomaly which enthusiasts have sought to rectify for many years. Finally, a couple of years ago, the two (yes, two) certification authorities for ultralight aircraft, the German Aero Club (DAeC) and the German Ultralight… Read more »

Source: Robert Swan, 25-Apr-16

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Electric multicopter – the Volocopter VC200 – makes first manned flight

Electric multicopter – the Volocopter VC200 – makes first manned flight

The premiere of manned flights with the world’s first certified multicopter, e-volo’s Volocopter VC200, marks the beginning of a new era in urban mobility. The Volocopter is a personal aerial vehicle that is so easy and safe to fly, literally anyone can command it. Due to its electric propulsion, it has no exhaust emissions and… Read more »

Source: e-volo, 08-Apr-16

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Becker Avionics appoints new Managing Director

Becker Avionics appoints new Managing Director

Avionics innovator and digital technology provider, Becker Avionics GmbH, is pleased to announce Forrest Colliver has accepted the position of Managing Director.  In this role, Mr. Colliver is responsible for leading corporate strategy for evolution and growth of the Becker Avionics Group, and for operational management activities related to the supply of avionics and ground-based… Read more »

Source: Becker Avionics, 04-Apr-16

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EDA completes Cold Blade 2016 Multinational Helicopter Exercise

EDA completes Cold Blade 2016 Multinational Helicopter Exercise

Exercise COLD BLADE 2016, hosted by the Finnish Defence Forces, was formally completed Wednesday evening March 16th 2016 by the Chief of Finnish Army Aviation, LtCol Jaro Kesänen. At exercise closure, a total of 290 hours had been flown on 156 missions with 3 participating Member States (Finland and Germany, as well as Sweden which sent… Read more »

Source: EDA, 24-Mar-16

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Germany approves helicopter exports to Saudi Arabia

Germany approves helicopter exports to Saudi Arabia

The German government has approved several arms export deals with countries in the Middle East, including delivery of 23 unspecified Airbus helicopters to Saudi Arabia, according to an Economy Ministry letter seen by Reuters on Monday.  See full story

Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-arms-exports-idUSKCN0WG1BH, 16-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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Turbomeca Arrius will power new DRF H135 fleet

Turbomeca Arrius will power new DRF H135 fleet

DRF Luftrettung has selected Turbomeca’s (Safran) Arrius 2B2Plus engine to power its three new Airbus Helicopters H135. With these new Turbomeca-powered H135 fleet DRF Luftrettung will perform HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical Service) missions in Germany. Franck Saudo, Turbomeca EVP Support & Services, said: “This is a further step that strengthens our relationship with DRF Luftrettung,… Read more »

Source: Turbomeca, 02-Mar-16

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25-Feb-16 D-HVBB Eurocopter EC135T2+ Bimöhlen, Germany (2F)

Police helicopter crashed killing two and the third is in a critical condition.  More news awaited.  D-HVBB registration to be finally confirmed

25-Feb-16

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Two Connecticut Senators urge Germany to buy CH-53K

Two Connecticut Senators urge Germany to buy CH-53K

Today, ahead of Germany’s planned procurement of up to 70 heavy-lift helicopters, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) sent a letter to German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen urging the country to replace their existing fleet with the new, Sikorsky-made CH-53K King Stallion aircraft. Murphy and Blumenthal emphasized that… Read more »

Source: Chris Murphy, 22-Feb-16

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Spectrum Aeromed Announces Promotion and New Hire in German Office

Spectrum Aeromed Announces Promotion and New Hire in German Office

Spectrum Aeromed announced this week Thomas Redder was promoted to Vice President of International Sales and Anne Ehlenberger was hired as an account representative for office in Germany. In his new role Redder will oversee marketing initiatives in Europe, Middle East, Russia and Asia. Ehlenberger will support sales projects. Ehlenberger graduated with a Bachelor’s degree… Read more »

Source: Spectrum, 12-Feb-16

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More DRF flights in 2015 than ever before

More DRF flights in 2015 than ever before

Every year, several thousand people are involved in traffic accidents in Germany. People with heart attacks and strokes also experience life-threatening situations. In addition, seriously sick or injured patients have to be transported to German hospitals from abroad. Helping these people quickly and effectively is the task of DRF Luftrettung. Its motto: The best possible… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 29-Jan-16

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German military receives first two H145M helicopters

German military receives first two H145M helicopters

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first two of fifteen H145M helicopters to the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) today. The helicopters will be used by the Kommando Spezialkräfte (KSK), the German Army’s Special Forces, in Laupheim. “With its cutting-edge technologies, outstanding performance and true multi-role capabilities, the H145M answers to the challenging demands of our military… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Dec-15

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Germany brings forward CH-53G retirement

Germany brings forward CH-53G retirement

The German Air Force is readying for a new replacement to its fleet of 1970s-legacy VFW-Sikorsky CH-53G/GS/GA Stallions.See full story

Source: Forecast International, 07-Dec-15

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Bell announces first 407GXP sale into Germany

Bell announces first 407GXP sale into Germany

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the sale of the first Bell 407GXP to Germany. The aircraft will be outfitted for corporate and VIP transport, which continues to be a popular market segment throughout Europe. Dr. Ernst Langner and Nataly Langner signed for the Bell 407GXP at the National Business Aviation… Read more »

Source: Bell, 20-Nov-15

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Lufthansa to bring helicopter and other transport options under single banner

Lufthansa to bring helicopter and other transport options under single banner

All the road, rail and helicopter services that Lufthansa provides to get travelers to and from their airport of departure or arrival are to be operated under a single “Lufthansa Express” brand name. Be it with high-speed ICE trains, modern long-distance buses, limousines or helicopter services, Lufthansa and its various transport partners offer customers a… Read more »

Source: Lufthansa, 27-Oct-15

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Baden-Wuerttemberg Police receive first law enforcement H145 in the world

Baden-Wuerttemberg Police receive first law enforcement H145 in the world

Today, the federal-state police of Baden-Württemberg took delivery of the very first H145 in police configuration at Airbus Helicopters’ industrial site in Donauwörth. The aircraft is the first of an order of six to be handed over to the launch customer. “It is of the utmost importance for our police to be able to rely… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 20-Oct-15

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Heliservice International signs for first offshore AW169 in Europe

Heliservice International signs for first offshore AW169 in Europe

AgustaWestland announced today that Heli Service international GmbH has signed a contract for an AW169 light intermediate helicopter. This aircraft will be delivered by autumn 2016 through specialist aviation lessor LCI Helicopters to undertake offshore operations in the North Sea. This order marks the first AW169 customer for this application globally and the entry of… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 08-Oct-15

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Germany’s Agrarflug Helilift becomes Bell CSF

Germany’s Agrarflug Helilift becomes Bell CSF

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announces today that it is adding Agrarflug Helilift, located in Ahren, Germany, to its  Bell Helicopter Authorized Customer Service Facility network. With thirty years of experience in the industry, Agrarflug Helilift is an established operator with over 40 helicopters in its fleet and offers charter services, aircraft… Read more »

Source: Bell, 08-Oct-15

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Heli-One to upgrade avionics suite on 18 German Police Super Pumas

Heli-One to upgrade avionics suite on 18 German Police Super Pumas

The German Federal Police, Bundespolizei(BPOL), has selected Heli-One, the world’s largest independent provider of maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) services, to fully modernize their fleet of 18Airbus Helicopters AS332L1 Super Puma aircraft through a NATO/NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) contract with proven EFIS and avionics upgrades from Universal Avionics and other suppliers. To quickly… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 06-Oct-15

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BLR Aerospace appoints European FastFin distributor

BLR Aerospace appoints European FastFin distributor

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has certified the BLR Aerospace Fast Fin® Tail Rotor Enhancement and Stability System for installation and flight on AgustaWestland’s AB412 helicopter. European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification is imminent, according to Dave Marone, the company’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Marone also announced the appointment of Agrarflug Helilift as… Read more »

Source: BLR, 06-Oct-15

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12-Sep-15 D-HHLB Schweizer S300C Delitzsch, Germany

Reported engine failure with a total loss of engine power whilst on aerial photography, and helicopter rolled onto starboard side and suffered significant damage.  The 39-year-old pilot and his 65 years old co-pilot were slightly injured

12-Sep-15

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First Apaches arrive in Alaska from Germany

First Apaches arrive in Alaska from Germany

The first of 24 Apache AH-64 attack helicopters arrived Tuesday at their new home, Fort Wainwright, Alaska. See Full Story

Source: Stars And Stripes, 20-Aug-15

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Just four of 39 NH90s are serviceable, claims German newspaper

Just four of 39 NH90s are serviceable, claims German newspaper

The German military is to invest billions of euros to fix recurring problems with its aircraft, helicopters and other military equipment, an official said on Friday.See Full Story

Source: i24 News, 11-Aug-15

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HTM takes delivery of first H135 in wind farm support

HTM takes delivery of first H135 in wind farm support

The first H135 configured for offshore hoisting duties has been delivered to HTM Helicopter Travel Munich GmbH, marking a new milestone for the enhanced version of Airbus Helicopters’ lightweight rotorcraft previously known as the EC135 T3. The H135 is well adapted to the full range of offshore operations, benefitting from the helicopter’s excellent performance, especially… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 31-Jul-15

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DRF flies 19,525 EMS flight in first half of 2015 across Germany

DRF flies 19,525 EMS flight in first half of 2015 across Germany

At 30 HEMS bases in Germany and Austria DRF Luftrettung is operating helicop-ters for emergency rescue and the transport of intensive care patients between clinics, at eight HEMS bases 24/7. In addition to that, DRF Luftrettung operates two ambulance aircraftwith specialized crews for worldwide repatriations. In the first half of the year 2015 its crews… Read more »

Source: DRF, 31-Jul-15

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19-Jul-15 D-HAID Airbus BK117B2 Mannheim, Germany

Static and unattended EMS helicopter was blown partly off its mobile helipad in severe weather, leaving it with its tail resting on the ground.  Known as Christoph 53.  See Photo

19-Jul-15

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Lower Saxony Police to receive two EC135P2e, replacing 365C Dauphins

Lower Saxony Police to receive two EC135P2e, replacing 365C Dauphins

Lower Saxony Police – or Neidersachsen Polizei in local language – have two new Airbus EC135P2e helicopters on order.  The first aircraft was due for delivery in June according to the May/June edition of Lower Saxony Police’s proPolizei publication, with the second following in the fourth quarter of 2015.  Both will be based at Langenhagen… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Jul-15

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05-Jul-15 F-PAKZ Aerokopter AK1-3 Mülheim, Germany

Crashed into the Moselle river.  Two occupants jumped clear and swam to safety

05-Jul-15

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Airbus Helicopters opens new Training Academy in Donauwörth

Airbus Helicopters opens new Training Academy in Donauwörth

The newly-built Airbus Helicopters Training Academy that opened today in Germany marks the latest enhancement of the company’s support and services network, providing instructional courses for pilots and technicians. By expanding the educational capacities in Donauwörth, Airbus Helicopters conforms to its own high standards of quality and safety, insuring the training of capable and qualified… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 24-Jun-15

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Bavarian Police receive first H135 P2 to P3 upgrade

Bavarian Police receive first H135 P2 to P3 upgrade

Bavarian Police in Germany has received the first upgraded H135s, which are benefitting from a retrofit package that significantly improves the operating performance and the handling qualities – all while retaining the best-in-class payload lift capabilities of this lightweight twin-engine rotorcraft. The retrofit program is designed to bring previously-built models of the EC135 to the… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 18-Jun-15

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EASA announces date for Ninth Rotorcraft Symposium

EASA announces date for Ninth Rotorcraft Symposium

The Ninth EASA Rotorcraft Symposium will be held on 2-3 December at the Hilton Hotel in Cologne. If you are interested to be part of the European forum for the rotary wing community, please fill the online registration here. You will then receive a confirmation from EASA of your enrolment. Registration closes on 14 November 2015. Don’t… Read more »

Source: EASA, 08-Jun-15

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Airbus Helicopters wins full-service contract for German H145M fleet

Airbus Helicopters wins full-service contract for German H145M fleet

The German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) have awarded Airbus Helicopters a full-service contract for the new H145M rotorcraft – which is to make its military debut with the German Air Force later this year. This seven-year comprehensive co-operative support and services agreement will ensure optimal availability, reliability and readiness for the German Air Force’s fleet of… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 02-Jun-15

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Guimbal ships the 100th Cabri

Guimbal ships the 100th Cabri

Helicoptères Guimbal, the French manufacturer, has recently shipped their 100th G2 Cabri helicopter.  The handover ceremony at the factory at Aix-les-Milles saw a blue Cabri added to the fleet of German operator Heli Transair, their third.  Bruno Guimbal handed the keys over to Heli Transair’s Dick Herr.  The company had brought two of their other… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-May-15

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