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Joint Venture for the production of Ka-226T in India

Joint Venture for the production of Ka-226T in India

“Russian Helicopters” Holding Company, JSC “Rosoboronexport” (part of Rostec State Corporation) and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) registered a joint venture for the production of Ka-226T light helicopters in India.  The agreement between the RF and India on the cooperation in the helicopter industry was signed in 2015. In accordance with the document, “Russian Helicopters” together… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 23-Jun-17

India to hold first Heli-Expo in November

India to hold first Heli-Expo in November

The Aero Expo India-2017 will be held this year from November 2-5. During this time, India will hold their first Heli-Expo in Rohini at Pawan Hans’ Heliport for the last two days of the expo. They are hoping that the expo will help bring in a boost to the regional air connectivity. The Rohini Heliport… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Jun-17

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Suspension of Helipads after Badrinath Shrine Crash

Suspension of Helipads after Badrinath Shrine Crash

After the unfortunate crash that killed a flight engineer and injured two pilots, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation has suspended all helicopter operations to the Badrinath, Kharsali, Sahastradhara and Harshil helipads. The crash occurred after take-off from the Badrinath shrine, carrying travellers. As reported by Press Trust of India, the State Tourism Minister, Satpal… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Jun-17

09-Jun-17 VT-NRK AgustaWestland AW119 Badrinath, India (1F)

Helicopter had difficulties on take-off and it appears that a crew member jumped from the aircraft prior to it impacting the ground, but was hit by the rotor blades and died – named as Vikram Lamba.  Helicopter had its skids ripped off and all four main blades ended up much shorter than they should have… Read more »

09-Jun-17

31-May-17 Z402 Airbus SA316 Dayarampura, India

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

31-May-17

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

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

27-May-17

25-May-17 VT-CMM Sikorsky S76C++ Nilanga, India

Helicopter came down less than 30 seconds after take-off.  Video shows a sudden spark 41 seconds after take-off on a very low climb-out (which could suggest it hit wires), and the helicopter descended quickly from there.  4 POB including the Chief Minister of the State of Maharashtra, but no significant injuries.  The helicopter did not… Read more »

25-May-17

Rajasthan State Government Auctions off A109E Power

Rajasthan State Government Auctions off A109E Power

The Rajasthan Government has asked MSTC Ltd to auction their grounded AgustaWestland AW109E. They have agreed to e-auction the helicopter, but will charge a rate of 3% for it. The helicopter was grounded back in 2011, due to a clip in a rotor blade broke. As reported by Times of India, the reserve price of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-May-17

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Russia and India Sign Joint Venture

Russia and India Sign Joint Venture

May 2 saw the formal creation of the Joint Venture between India and Russia. The deal between India’s Hindustan and Russia’s Russian Helicopters and Rosoboronexport will now enable them to manufacture Ka-226T helicopters, reports TASS.

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-May-17

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Heritage Aviation expands its fleet with two new Airbus H130 helicopters

Heritage Aviation expands its fleet with two new Airbus H130 helicopters

Heritage Aviation today announced the addition of two new state-of-the-art Airbus Helicopters’ H130 aircraft in its fleet. These helicopters will strengthen the company’s position as a leader in passenger transportation missions including heli-pilgrimage, aerial work and VIP transportation missions in India. The two H130s will complement Heritage Aviation’s existing fleet of two H125 helicopters which… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 24-Apr-17

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Presidential Approval for Indo-Russian JV

Presidential Approval for Indo-Russian JV

President Vladimir Putin has finally given his approval for an Indo-Russian joint venture for the production of 200 Kamov military helicopters. The deal, signed in 2015 for $1 billion, is between Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Russian Helicopters and Rosoboronexport. They have yet to sign the MoU, reports Press Trust of India.

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Apr-17

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Helicopter Service Proposed from Taj Mahal to Fatehpur Sikri

Helicopter Service Proposed from Taj Mahal to Fatehpur Sikri

The District Administration is looking into the proposal of a helicopter service that would connect the Taj Mahal and the Fatehpur Sikri. This flight would cut down an hour and 10 minutes of travel between the two world heritage sites. The District Magistrate Gaurav Dayal ordered a meeting this past week, asking officials of the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Apr-17

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India-Russian Kamov 226T Joint Venture Delayed

India-Russian Kamov 226T Joint Venture Delayed

A $1 billion joint venture between India and Russia was signed in 2015 and last year they had finalised the broad agreement, but are now halted waiting for the final presidential clearance. The JV between Hindustan Aeronautics and two Russian defence majors was created so that production of 200 Kamov 226T multi-role helicopters could be… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Apr-17

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SBI Caps Involved in Pawan Hans Disinvestment

SBI Caps Involved in Pawan Hans Disinvestment

The Indian government has called on SBI Caps to ready the documents for disinvestment for Pawan Hans as well as act as a transaction advisor. The disinvestment looks to be complete by March 2018. Also working on the matter is RBSA who is the “asset valuer” and Crawford Baylay & Co who is supervising legal… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Apr-17

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Finalization of Amarnath Yatra Heli-Services

Finalization of Amarnath Yatra Heli-Services

Amarnath Shrine Board’s CEO, Umang Narula has revealed that plans for helicopter services for Amarnath Yatra 2017 are officially finalized. The service should be up and running by 29 June 2017, reports Greater Kashmir. Fare prices have dropped significantly in the different sectors. The Neelgrath-Panjtarni sector is now Rs. 1715 per person compared to last… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Apr-17

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Pawan Hans Offers Air Connectivity Across India

Pawan Hans Offers Air Connectivity Across India

Pawan Hans Ltd., a Government of India Enterprise under the Ministry of Civil Aviation has been playing pivotal role in providing air connectivity across the country by way of regular passenger services, charter services including meeting the requirements of vital offshore support services. Pawan Hans is commencing Helicopter Ride and Helicopter Delhi Darshan from state-of-the-art… Read more »

Source: Pawan Hans, 31-Mar-17

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Pawan Hans and Airbus Helicopters Collaborates for Maintenance Partnership

Pawan Hans and Airbus Helicopters Collaborates for Maintenance Partnership

Airbus Helicopters has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Pawan Hans Limited (PHL) appointing the Indian helicopter operator as Airbus Helicopters’ approved maintenance centre for the Dauphin and Ecureuil rotorcraft. The MoU has the provision to enlarge Pawan Hans’ scope of maintenance services in the future to include other Airbus helicopter types. “We are proud… Read more »

Source: Pawan Hans, 28-Mar-17

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Pawan Hans, Dedicated First Integrated Heliport to the Nation

Pawan Hans, Dedicated First Integrated Heliport to the Nation

Pawan Hansn in assocation of Ministry of Civil Aviation dedicated First Integrated Heliport to the Nation in an inaugural event today at Rohini Heliport, Delhi. This Heliport would provide all helicopter operational facilities and will decongest busy Indira Gandhi International Airport, and also promote Regional Air connectivity through helicopters in the Northern part of the… Read more »

Source: Pawan Hans, 28-Mar-17

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Pawan Hans and State of Arunachal Pradesh to Pay Compensation

Pawan Hans and State of Arunachal Pradesh to Pay Compensation

Pawan Hans and the State of Arunachal Pradesh are to jointly pay compensation to Dr Rama Shankar. Dr Shankar has filed a complaint of deficiency in service and mental harassment. He says that he was asked to de-board the helicopter going to Naharlagun just before take-off, after showing his ticket and boarding the aircraft. He… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Mar-17

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Russian Helicopters introduce after-sales service concept for Russian rotorcraft in India

Russian Helicopters introduce after-sales service concept for Russian rotorcraft in India

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, and its CEO Andrey Boginsky took part in the Indo-Russian military industrial conference in New Delhi, March 17-18.  At the conference, Mr. Boginsky described key directions and prospects for development of the after-sales service system specifically for Indian operators of Russian helicopters. India is one of the major… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 21-Mar-17

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Russian Helicopters to Repair 30 Indian Mi-17-1B Helicopters

Russian Helicopters to Repair 30 Indian Mi-17-1B Helicopters

India has sent 30 of their Mi-17-1B multi-purpose helicopters to Russian Helicopters in Novosibirsk to be repaired. They plan to have all 30 repaired and ready to go by the middle of 2018. The helicopters will be sent over in six groups of five. A group of Indian aviation experts have gone to Novosibirsk in… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Mar-17

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India’s first heliport becomes operational in Delhi

India’s first heliport becomes operational in Delhi

India’s first dedicated heliport built at a cost of Rs 100 crore for flying in and out of Delhi to nearby areas in choppers became operational here today. Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju inaugurated the state-of-the-art heliport at Rohini in north Delhi, saying this is the first such integrated facility in South Asia. The… Read more »

Source: PTI, 05-Mar-17

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Indian Defence Minister Unveils Full Scale Mock-up of HAL’s Indian Multi Role Helicopter

Indian Defence Minister Unveils Full Scale Mock-up of HAL’s Indian Multi Role Helicopter

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Asia’s largest aerospace and defence major emerged as a show stopper during the inaugural day of the 11th edition of Aero India inaugurated by the Defence Minister Mr. Manohar Parrikar at Yelahanka today. Mr Parrikar unveiled the full scale mock-up of Indian Mutli Role Helicopter (IMRH) in the presence of Goa… Read more »

Source: Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, 16-Feb-17

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India and Russian Joint Venture Documents in Final Stages

India and Russian Joint Venture Documents in Final Stages

Rosoboronexport, Russian Helicopters and HAL have come together to form a Joint Venture in creating a light weigh multi-role Ka-226T. The agreement contract will take another two months as they still need formal registration between Russia and India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi signed the intergovernmental agreement in December of 2015, reports India Times.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Feb-17

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Russian Helicopters developing new after-sales service format in India

Russian Helicopters developing new after-sales service format in India

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, is working to improve services and create a “single-window system” – a new form of cooperation with foreign customers based on a new after-sales service strategy.  A pilot project is currently being implemented in India. The new format focuses on centralization of all processes related to after-sales services,… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 15-Feb-17

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Russia Signs MoU with Four Indian Provinces

Russia Signs MoU with Four Indian Provinces

Russia has been approached by four Indian provinces; Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and Punjab. As reported by The Nation, Sindh will purchase three helicopters, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will both purchase two and Punjab will buy one. A MoU has been signed between the two parties. Punjab will be able to purchase a helicopter for… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Feb-17

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Mock-up of Indian Multi Role Helicopter to debut at Aero India

Mock-up of Indian Multi Role Helicopter to debut at Aero India

HAL’s key indigenous products HTT-40 (Basic Trainer Aircraft), first indigenously upgraded Hawk Mk132, named as Hawk-i, Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) and Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) will fly at the 11th edition of the Aero India 2017 scheduled from February 14 -18, 2017.  “HAL is geared-up to display recent advancements in fixed and rotary wing segments”,… Read more »

Source: Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, 14-Feb-17

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Pawan Hans Expansion Plans

Pawan Hans Expansion Plans

Pawan Hans has unveiled their plans to expand their services of Regional Air Connectivity to all districts of India. Included in these plans is a vision document 2020 and they are underway with a business plan 2027. Chairman and Managing Director, Mr Sharma has said that the use of helicopters can provide immediate connectivity as… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Feb-17

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Raytheon Stinger targets new Apaches

Raytheon Stinger targets new Apaches

Both Qatar and India have selected the Raytheon Stinger air-to-air missile system for their new Apache AH-64E aircraft Shephard has learned. Under the multi-nation contract awarded in December 2016, the company will supply India and Qatar with the Stinger-RMP (Reprogrammable Microprocessor) missile and launch systems Raytheon has confirmed.

Source: Raytheon, 19-Jan-17

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Mauritius Receives Chetak Helicopters from India

Mauritius Receives Chetak Helicopters from India

Mauritius has received two Chetak helicopters to add to its Police Helicopter Squadron. India donated the Chetaks during a ceremony, where Indian Prime Minister Manohar Parrikar and Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth attended. The acquisition aids Mauritius’s goal in enhancing the safety and security of their maritime defence. India is working with Mauritius in the $70… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Jan-17

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Rajasthan State holds Open Bidding for Helicopter Procurement

Rajasthan State holds Open Bidding for Helicopter Procurement

The Indian General Administration Department (GAD) will now be holding an open bidding for the purchase of a Rajasthan state helicopter, due to their deal with AgustaWestland not working out. The deal was put off when the manufacturers Bell and Airbus voiced reservations over the source tenders. They claimed that the Indian Government floated a… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Jan-17

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Indian Army Retires Chetak and Cheetah Fleet

Indian Army Retires Chetak and Cheetah Fleet

The Indian Army is retiring their ageing fleet after recent accidents. They will be retiring their Chetak and Cheetah platforms and replacing them with 40 Dhruv LUHs and 200 Kamov Ka-226T “Hoodlum” helicopters. They also plan for 140 units to be built by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited who will be partnering with Russian Helicopters and Rosoboronexport,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Jan-17

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Punjab Government Plans on Aircraft Refurbishment

Punjab Government Plans on Aircraft Refurbishment

The Punjab Government has decided that instead of purchasing a new helicopter, they will put money towards repairing Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s old helicopter. In December they had issued a payment of Rs 27.5 crore for the repair work to be done in Russia, but they faced difficulties, reports Dunya News. They then allowed a… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Jan-17

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New Helipad Location System

New Helipad Location System

After a helicopter carrying Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik couldn’t land for 40 minutes due to incorrect information regarding the helipad’s location, steps have been taken to address the issue. There is now a three tier system in place that will review the latitude and longitude report. It will be verified by the executive engineer, his… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Jan-17

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Maharashtra Tourism to Increase Subsidies to Get Helicopter Flying Again

Maharashtra Tourism to Increase Subsidies to Get Helicopter Flying Again

Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) services, together with Pawan Hans hopes to bring their tourism business back after a fatal crash in December. The crash killed the pilot and the two passengers on board. Since the crash, the number of clients has dropped almost to a standstill. In order to remedy this, they are going… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Jan-17

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India – Global Vectra Starts New Service in Nagaland

India – Global Vectra Starts New Service in Nagaland

The Nagaland State Helicopter service will be taken over by Global Vectra Helicorp Limited (GVHL) for the next two years. The service was flagged off on January 2 by the Nagaland Minister for Transport, Civil Aviation, IT & C and Paiwang Konvak, Border Affairs. Paiwang insured that GVHL knew the importance of adapting to the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Jan-17

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Indian Operators Campaign for Increase in Minimum Altitude

Indian Operators Campaign for Increase in Minimum Altitude

The lack of implementation of the 2015 Directorate General of Civil Aviation proposal of increasing the height at which helicopters are allowed to fly over Mumbai and Navi Mumbai has helicopter pilots and operators very upset. They met on Tuesday to discuss the issue. The increase from 500 to 1000 feet was scheduled in August… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jan-17

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AgustaWestland Executives Orsi and Spagnolini Win Re-trial

AgustaWestland Executives Orsi and Spagnolini Win Re-trial

Former Finmeccanica CEO, Giuseppe Orsi (pictured) and former AgustaWestland Chief, Bruno Spagnolini were arrested earlier this year on charges of corruption and falsifying invoices and were sentenced in April by a Milan appeals court. A retrial has been ordered by Italy’s top court as the two executives launched an appeal. The retrial causes serious implications… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jan-17

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India – Air Chief Marshal arrested for AgustaWestland contract

India – Air Chief Marshal arrested for AgustaWestland contract

Lawyer Gautam Khaitan, Air Chief Marshal S.P Tyagi and his cousin Sanjeev Tyagi were arrested this Friday by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). They were allegedly involved in the Rs 3,700-crore Agusta Westland VVIP helicopter contract. The CBI has found out that RS 450-crore was paid as bribes for the 12 helicopters. The contracted… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Dec-16

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Heli-Tourism Plan waits for DGCA

Heli-Tourism Plan waits for DGCA

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has not yet given clearance on the proposed project of heli-tourism between Vizag and Araku. As reported by Times of India, the DGCA inspected the helipad site and gave suggestions on changes they could make with regards to the helicopter services that are being planned. Meanwhile in Vuda, the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Dec-16

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New Helipad for Nilackal

New Helipad for Nilackal

The Travancore Devaswom Board has recently opened a helipad at Nilackal. The new helipad will be open as a pay-as-you-use facility, especially with tourist season coming up. Each take-off will cost Rs. 20, 000, reports The Hindu.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Nov-16

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Request for Helicopter Service in Aizawl

Request for Helicopter Service in Aizawl

The Aizawl-Imphal route was cancelled recently by Air India, causing trouble for neighbouring states. The people in Mizoram and Manipur can currently only travel via Guwahati. The Zoram Nationalist Party has asked the Mizoram government to help with the situation by providing commercial helicopter services between Aizawl and Churachandpur, reports Aviation India.

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Nov-16

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Long Awaited Helicopter Service for Manipur

Long Awaited Helicopter Service for Manipur

Under its Regional Connectivity Scheme, Manipur will finally be able to connect Imphal to the headquarters of hill districts through a new helicopter service. The proposal for such a service was in the pipelines for years, with approval being given but no action had ever occurred to make it happen. A Memorandum of Understanding will… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Nov-16

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New HE-MRO centre will support Indian helicopter operators

New HE-MRO centre will support Indian helicopter operators

The Indian Defence Minister, Mr. Manohar Parrikar inaugurated Helicopter Engines MRO Pvt. Limited (HE-MRO), a Joint Venture of Safran and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL), yesterday in Goa, southwest India. This Joint Venture will support helicopter engines operated by national and international operators from a 1,000 sqm office and a 3,800 sqm shop facility. This new… Read more »

Source: Safran, 26-Oct-16

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Indian HEMS service leases three H130s from LCI

Indian HEMS service leases three H130s from LCI

Aviators Air Rescue Pvt Ltd has leased three Airbus H130 helicopters from Lease Corporation International (LCI), the aviation division of the Libra Group. Based in Bangalore, India, Aviators Air Rescue stakes its claim as the country’s first civil helicopter emergency service with advanced life support capabilities. The aircraft will be used for emergency medical service… Read more »

Source: Air Med and Rescue, 19-Oct-16

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LCI to lease 3 H130s to Aviators Air Rescue

LCI to lease 3 H130s to Aviators Air Rescue

Lease Corporation International (LCI), the aviation division of the Libra Group, has leased three Airbus Helicopters H130 aircraft to Aviators Air Rescue Pvt Ltd. The company, which is India’s first civil helicopter emergency service with advanced life support capability, is based in Bangalore and will use the aircraft for emergency medical services (EMS) missions. Michael… Read more »

Source: LCI, 18-Oct-16

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Russia and India sign Ka226 production agreement

Russia and India sign Ka226 production agreement

The signing of the agreement on creation of the joint venture is part of the Russian-Indian summit, which is taking place in the Indian state of Goa today.  For Russia, the agreement was signed by Russian Helicopters CEO Alexander Mikheev and the head of Rosoboronexport Anatoly Isaikin. Both Russian Helicopters and Rosoboronexport are part of… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 18-Oct-16

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Approval for Heliport in Greater Noida

Approval for Heliport in Greater Noida

The Director General of Civil Aviation and the Indian Government have approved plans for a heliport to be built in Greater Noida, near the Gautam Budh University. The heliport will be built over a 22-acre plot, with an additional 15 acres for future expansions. It is expected to take up to two years to complete…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Oct-16

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Pawan Hans Sets New Goals ahead of stock market flotation

Pawan Hans Sets New Goals ahead of stock market flotation

Pawan Hans, an Indian Government-owned company is setting new goals for when they open to the public in either late 2017 or early 2018. By 2027 they aim to have a revenue of Rs 1600 crore, from the Rs 500 crore they currently have. They are looking into new and different avenues for growth in… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Oct-16

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Rajasthan Government Enters into a Hiring Contract

Rajasthan Government Enters into a Hiring Contract

The Rajasthan Government has had difficulty in raising enough funds to procure a new helicopter and state plane, as well as difficulty in selling their AgustaWestland 109E Power the General Administration Department (GAD) has had to resort to hiring from private parties, entering into a year-long contract. As reported by The Times of India, the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Oct-16

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HAL conducts first flight of indigenous LUH

HAL conducts first flight of indigenous LUH

Achieving yet another significant milestone, HAL conducted a technical flight of indigenous Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) in Bengaluru, today.  The helicopter lifted at 1210 hours and was in the air for 15 minutes at HAL facilities.  The flawless flight was carried out by HAL test pilots. This event marks an important and significant beginning for… Read more »

Source: HAL, 23-Sep-16

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Introduction of Helicopter Tourism to Kodaikanal Hills

Introduction of Helicopter Tourism to Kodaikanal Hills

The state government of India has received a proposal to introduce helicopter tourism to Kodaikanal Hills. In the proposal, Minister for Forests, C. Seenivasan has said that they have found a suitable site near Vilpatti and are currently studying to see whether it would be feasible. Studies include the monitoring of animal migration patterns. The elephants’… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Sep-16

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India – Three Helicopters Jointly Bought for Emergency Use

India – Three Helicopters Jointly Bought for Emergency Use

A proposal has been brought forward by the authorities of Noida, Greater Noida and YEIDA to purchase three helicopters to use for emergency situations, law enforcement and search and rescue. The proposal has been brought up before, but was not feasible due to financial reasons. “This fresh proposal seems workable,” says Janardan, Additional CEO of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Sep-16

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AMGH, Aviators Air Rescue take delivery of first H130

AMGH, Aviators Air Rescue take delivery of first H130

Leaders of Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH) and Aviators Air Rescue Ltd. accepted delivery Monday of the first of three Airbus Helicopters H130s, which the companies will use to launch the first affordable single-engine helicopter emergency medical services operation in India. Dallas-based AMGH, a leading U.S. air medical transport and EMS provider with hundreds of… Read more »

Source: AMGH, 01-Sep-16

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Indian Ambassador in Russia visits Rostvertol

Indian Ambassador in Russia visits Rostvertol

A delegation headed by the Indian Ambassador to the Russian Federation Pankaj Saran visited Rostvertol, a part of Russian Helicopters Group. The factory’s production facilities and the line of helicopters manufactured by the company were presented in the course of the visit. Pankaj Saran, accompanied by Rostvertol’s directors, visited the factory’s main shop, where he… Read more »

Source: Rostec, 11-Aug-16

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Tata Advanced Systems to collaborate with Bell

Tata Advanced Systems to collaborate with Bell

Tata Advanced Systems (TASL) and Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc (NYSE: TXT) company have signed an agreement to work together in support of India’s aviation and defense modernisation initiatives with an emphasis on ‘Make in India’. Under this agreement TASL and Bell Helicopter will join forces to develop both commercial and government (including military) rotary… Read more »

Source: Tata, 14-Jul-16

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Safran Helicopter Engines to form Indian JV with HAL

Safran Helicopter Engines to form Indian JV with HAL

Safran Helicopter Engines and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) have agreed to establish, in India, a support centre for national and international rotorcraft customers. The joint venture will be opened in the coming months. This new centre will provide maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) services for Safran TM333 and HAL Shakti engines installed on HAL-built helicopters…. Read more »

Source: Safran, 12-Jul-16

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AMGH to launch dedicated EMS venture in India with new Airbus H130s

AMGH to launch dedicated EMS venture in India with new Airbus H130s

Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH), a leading U.S. provider of air medical transport services, has ordered new Airbus Helicopters H130s to launch the first-ever dedicated helicopter emergency medical services operation in India. AMGH has joined forces with an Indian firm, Aviators Air Rescue, and will initiate emergency medical services later this year. The new venture… Read more »

Source: AMGH, 13-Jun-16

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Pawan Hans diversifies further ahead of IPO

Pawan Hans diversifies further ahead of IPO

Prior to its intended stock offering, Indian operator Pawan Hans is under some pressure to diversify and be less dependant on offshore helicopter operations.  The company has already announced four regional helicopter maintenance centres and plans to manage heliports. The local Economic Times news points to the new civil aviation policy proposed by the Indian… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Jun-16

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AEM to provide Internal PA system for Indian Chinooks

AEM to provide Internal PA system for Indian Chinooks

The Boeing Company has selected AEM (Anodyne Electronics Manufacturing Corp) to supply the Internal PA System (IPS) for use on the CH-47 Chinook Helicopters for the Indian Government. This is the first time that the Chinook has been equipped with an Internal Public Address System, and AEM is pleased to provide the solution. “AEM has… Read more »

Source: AEM, 26-May-16

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Mumbai relaxes planning requirements for rooftop helipads

Mumbai relaxes planning requirements for rooftop helipads

In a surprise move, city planners in the Indian city of Mumbai have proposed to allow helipads on rooftops of buildings over 200 metres in height without any planning application or approval.  The proposal allows the helipad to project out by 1.2 metres from the building line too. Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation – the local authority… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-May-16

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India becomes 11th International Customer for Apache Longbow Radar

India becomes 11th International Customer for Apache Longbow Radar

The U.S. Army awarded LONGBOW Limited Liability Company (LLC) a $57.1 million foreign military sale contract to provide the Indian Air Force with LONGBOW Fire Control Radar (FCR) systems for their new Apache AH-64E helicopters. LONGBOW LLC is a joint venture of Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC). Under this contract,… Read more »

Source: Longbow, 05-May-16

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Pawan Hans to launch Ujjain route

Pawan Hans to launch Ujjain route

During the Simhastha festival, pilgrims will have to walk long distances to reach the temple site and banks of Kshipra river to take the holy dip. The helicopter service is expected to take them straight to the river for performing rituals  See full story

Source: Times of India, 14-Apr-16

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HAL Conferred with SCOPE Excellence Award

HAL Conferred with SCOPE Excellence Award

HAL has been conferred with ‘SCOPE Excellence Award’ for outstanding contribution to the Public Sector Management. Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, President of India, presented the prestigious award to Mr. T Suvarna Raju, CMD, HAL on Public Sector Day celebrations held at Delhi yesterday. On receiving the award, Mr. Raju said, “Bestowal of SCOPE Excellence Award validates the work… Read more »

Source: HAL, 13-Apr-16

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Rockwell Collins to provide CAAS for India CH-47F fleet

Rockwell Collins to provide CAAS for India CH-47F fleet

The Boeing Company has selected Rockwell Collins to provide its Common Avionics Architecture System (CAAS) for 15 CH-47F Chinook helicopters for the Indian Ministry of Defence. “We have a successful track record of integrating CAAS on Chinook helicopters that will ensure that the Indian Defence Ministry will receive on-time, on-budget, advanced avionics,” said Troy Brunk,… Read more »

Source: Rockwell Collins, 30-Mar-16

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Russian Helicopters debuts at Defexpo India 2016

Russian Helicopters debuts at Defexpo India 2016

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, will take part in Defexpo India 2016, which is held 28 – 31 March, in Quitol, Goa, India.   During one of the most significant exhibitions in South Asia, the holding company will showcase its newest Mi-38 and Ka-226T helicopters.  “We intend to strengthen our positions in the South… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 30-Mar-16

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Russian Helicopters seeks long-term MRO contract for Indian Mi-17 fleet

Russian Helicopters seeks long-term MRO contract for Indian Mi-17 fleet

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, is looking to sign a long-term maintenance agreement with the Indian Ministry of Defense to provide after-sales service for Mi-17 helicopters. “We have conducted negotiations with our Indian partners and we plan to sign a contract that will lay the foundation for collaboration between Russian Helicopters and India… Read more »

Source: Russian Hc, 29-Mar-16

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IRCTC to sell tickets for Pawan Hans helicopter service

IRCTC to sell tickets for Pawan Hans helicopter service

Seeking to promote helicopter -tourism, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation and Pawan Hans have joined hands under an agreement that would allow flyers to book tickets through IRCTC website. Pawan Hans is a PSU of the Civil Aviation Ministry. The Memorandum of Understanding has been signed to implement the ‘heli project’ by making joint… Read more »

Source: PTI, 23-Mar-16

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HAL and Pawan Hans to establish maintenance JV in Delhi

HAL and Pawan Hans to establish maintenance JV in Delhi

HAL and Pawan Hans Ltd (PHL) signed an MoU to establish a Joint Venture at Rohini (Delhi) to carry-out the maintenance work related to all types of helicopters and address the needs of defence and civil markets in India and other countries at a program held at the ongoing India Aviation-2016 at Hyderabad today. Mr. Ashok… Read more »

Source: HAL, 21-Mar-16

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Himalayan Heli Services orders another H125

Himalayan Heli Services orders another H125

Himalayan Heli Services has ordered an additional H125 light helicopter from Airbus Helicopters, to add to their existing fleet of four AH125s.

Source: http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/himalayan-heli-services-orders-another-h125-chopper-116031700661_1.html, 18-Mar-16

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Airbus offers to shift Panther production line to India

Airbus offers to shift Panther production line to India

On Monday, Airbus Group offered to shift an assembly plant for its Panther helicopters to India from France.  See full story

Source: Marketwatch, 15-Mar-16

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Era Helicopters and Global Vectra partner for EMS in India

Era Helicopters and Global Vectra partner for EMS in India

Global Vectra Helicorp Ltd. (BSE Code 532773; NSE Code GLOBALVECT) (“GVHL”) and Era Group Inc. (NYSE: ERA) (“Era”) announced today the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly develop Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) for the Indian market. HEMS represents a modern trauma care delivery system designed to facilitate rapid delivery of medical attention… Read more »

Source: Era Helicopters, 15-Mar-16

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MTDC propose new helicopter service from Mumbai to Matheran

MTDC propose new helicopter service from Mumbai to Matheran

The Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) has proposed a helicopter service from Mumbai to Matheran, but face a green block in the form of the Bombay Environment Action Group (see full story)

Source: Mid-Day, 09-Mar-16

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India approves AS350 hook from Onboard Systems

India approves AS350 hook from Onboard Systems

Onboard Systems International, Inc., a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, today announced that its replacement cargo hook kit for the Airbus Helicopters AS350 aircraft has been certified for use in India by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). A letter of acceptance was issued for the installation of Onboard Systems cargo… Read more »

Source: Onboard Systems, 24-Feb-16

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Helicopter tours to start 12 March over Hyderabad

Helicopter tours to start 12 March over Hyderabad

Enthusiasts can have a bird’s eye view of the city with the Telangana government giving permission to two aviation companies  ‘Atom Aviation Services and Indwell Aviation Private Limited’ to offer helicopter rides. See Full Story

Source: Deccan Chronicle, 22-Feb-16

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