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Dutch shipbuilder Damen launches superyacht support vessel with helipad and hangar

Dutch shipbuilder Damen launches superyacht support vessel with helipad and hangar

Dutch shipbuilder DAMEN has launched GAME CHANGER, its latest 70-metre DAMEN Yacht Support vessel (227 ft) with helicopter hangar. Available in time for the 2017 summer season, GAME CHANGER is a fantastic showcase of the Yacht Support solution for owners who want to have more fun off the beaten track, but with a significantly lower… Read more »

Source: Damen, 28-Feb-17

Netherlands to receive another 12 CH-47F Chinooks

Netherlands to receive another 12 CH-47F Chinooks

“Boeing, Ridley Township, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $308,035,700 modification (P00042) to foreign military sales contract W58RGZ-13-C-0002 (Holland) for 12 CH-47F helicopters.  Work will be performed in Ridley Township, Pennsylvania, with an estimated completion date of April 15, 2016.  Fiscal 2016 other procurement funds in the amount of $308,035,700 were obligated at the time of the… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 18-Apr-16

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AmSafe Bridport to supply cargo nets for Dutch Chinook and NH90 fleets

AmSafe Bridport to supply cargo nets for Dutch Chinook and NH90 fleets

AmSafe Bridport wins two contracts from the Netherlands Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) for the development and supply of internal cargo restraint nets for their NH90 and Chinook helicopters. Bridport, UK, March 2016: following a tender process AmSafe Bridport Limited has been awarded two contracts from the Netherlands DMO for the development and supply of internal… Read more »

Source: AmSafe Bridport, 16-Mar-16

Airbus H175 reaches 3,000 hours

Airbus H175 reaches 3,000 hours

After little more than one year of operations, NHV have reached 3,000 flight hours with their H175 fleet, demonstrating the aircraft’s mission capability and reliability in oil and gas offshore transportation. Early February, the first H175 that entered service in December 2014, reached the 1,000 flight-hour milestone. “This milestone was easily achieved thanks to the… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 01-Mar-16

Netherlands orders 14 CH-47F Chinooks, and upgrades 6 more

Netherlands orders 14 CH-47F Chinooks, and upgrades 6 more

[electronic translation] Defence bought 14 new Chinook transport helicopters and six modernize existing equipment. The number of Chinooks thus goes from 17 to 20. This was announced by Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert today in a letter to the Lower House. Defence now has 11 Chinooks of the type CH-47D, and 6 of the type CH-47F (NL).The… Read more »

Source: Ministrie van Defensie, 13-Sep-15

V-22 makes first landing on Dutch warship

V-22 makes first landing on Dutch warship

Spirits ran high aboard the Karel Doorman, a warship with the Royal Netherlands Navy, as U.S. Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 261 made the first MV-22 Osprey landing aboard a Dutch ship during an interoperability test conducted near Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina, June 12. “What we normally do is support… Read more »

Source: USMC, 17-Jun-15

Netherlands – HeliCentre will soon receive its first R66

Netherlands – HeliCentre will soon receive its first R66

Dutch operator HeliCentre Flight Academy, based at  Lelystad, will soon receive its first Robinson R66 Turbine.  PH-HCE, serial 0624 from the factory in Torrance California, is currently being prepared by Air Technology Belgium and the first engine run has been completed after assembling the helicopter out of its shipping crate. File Photo John Burcote –… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Jun-15

Netherlands requests 17 CH-47F Chinooks in $1.05 Billion deal

Netherlands requests 17 CH-47F Chinooks in $1.05 Billion deal

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Netherlands for CH-47F Aircraft and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $1.05 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on March 19, 2015. The Government… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 23-Mar-15

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Terma to Field Aircraft Survivability Equipment on Dutch NH90s

Terma to Field Aircraft Survivability Equipment on Dutch NH90s

Terma has been contracted by the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) to integrate the Terma Modular Aircraft Survivability (MASE) Pod onto the Dutch air force’ NH-90 helicopters. The MASE Pod solution includes the Terma developed and manufactured Electronic Warfare Management System, ALQ-213 in the latest version, Missile Warning sensors, and Chaff/Flare Dispenser modules. The modular… Read more »

Source: Terma, 28-Jan-15

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Peru buys Dutch SAR Bell 412 fleet

Peru buys Dutch SAR Bell 412 fleet

The Netherlands recently announced the retirement of their three Agusta-Bell 412SPs as they transferred the SAR role over to their NH90s.  Just three weeks on and Defence Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert announced that preliminary agreement has been reached to sell the 412s to Peru.  Although no financial numbers have been stated, and no contract yet signed, there’s enough… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Jan-15

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Netherlands retires SAR Agusta-Bell 412 fleet

Netherlands retires SAR Agusta-Bell 412 fleet

As of 1 January 2015, the Defence organisation has taken its characteristic yellow AB-412 search-and-rescue helicopters out of service. These helicopters, which flew for Defence Helicopter Command, are to be disposed of. Consequently, 303 Squadron, stationed at Leeuwarden Air Base, will be disbanded in the near future. During the course of 2014, the 3 Defence… Read more »

Source: Ministry of Defence, 15-Jan-15

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Dutch Defence Minister re-starts NH90 deliveries

Dutch Defence Minister re-starts NH90 deliveries

In late June, the Netherlands suspended deliveries of their fleet of NH90s due to significant wear and corrosion issues in the aircraft they already had delivered.  In recent days, Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert has written to the Dutch parliament to say that she is confident with the manufacturer’s assurances to restart deliveries.  This was likely… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Dec-14

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Airbus hands over first two EC175s

Airbus hands over first two EC175s

A double-handover ceremony today marked Airbus Helicopters’ first deliveries of its new-generation EC175, with two of these 7-metric-ton category rotorcraft provided to NHV for oil and gas missions in the North Sea. The milestone EC175s will be utilized on core applications for which Airbus Helicopters developed this medium-sized rotorcraft: the airlift of crews and supplies… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 11-Dec-14

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Helitech International delivers a successful Amsterdam debut

Helitech International delivers a successful Amsterdam debut

Staging Helitech International 2014 from October 14 – 16, in association with the European Helicopter Association (EHA), at Amsterdam RAI, one of Europe’s great commercial and transport hubs, has proved a success. Over 2500 attendees from 59 countries attended Europe’s largest rotorcraft exhibition and conference, which included a diverse Education Programme covering key issues within the civil and parapublic… Read more »

Source: Helitech, 29-Oct-14

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No demo flights in Amsterdam as Helitech focuses on trade

No demo flights in Amsterdam as Helitech focuses on trade

Helitech continues to morph into a strictly trade-only event without end-user private/corporate helicopter owners or purchasers.  This week’s Amsterdam event proved that organisers Reed really don’t want the format they had in Duxford up to 2012.  In particular, they don’t want demo flights, an aspect of the old Duxford (and Redhill) shows that many people… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Oct-14

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Helitech International opens its doors

Helitech International 2014, in association with the European Helicopter Association (EHA), is making its first appearance in Amsterdam with 180 exhibitors representing 21 countries from around the world including over 65 first-time exhibitors. A USA Pavilion is also making its Helitech International debut. The event is strongly supported by helicopter OEMs including AgustaWestland, Airbus Helicopters, Bell Helicopter,… Read more »

14-Oct-14

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EASA’s Norbert Lohl opens Helitech in Amsterdam

EASA’s Norbert Lohl opens Helitech in Amsterdam

EASA’s Norbert Lohl has this morning been guest of honour at the opening ceremony of Helitech International 2014 in Amsterdam’s RAI conference and exhibition centre. The show is open for three days until Thursday

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Oct-14

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Corrosion stops Netherlands NH90 deliveries

Corrosion stops Netherlands NH90 deliveries

[electronic translation] The corrosion and wear on the NH90 helicopter is larger than expected and Defense take the remaining 7 devices not currently on manufacturer NHIndustries (NHI). Minister Hennis-Plasschaert writes that today the House. Only when there are agreements with the factory about solutions, and it is clear who will pay the repairs, the new devices are… Read more »

Source: Dutch military, 30-Jun-14

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Boeing Signs Rotorcraft Maintenance Agreements with Royal Netherlands Air Force, Fokker

Boeing Signs Rotorcraft Maintenance Agreements with Royal Netherlands Air Force, Fokker

Boeing [NYSE: BA] has signed separate agreements with the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) and Fokker Technologies to explore advanced maintenance opportunities for Dutch rotorcraft and expand efforts to make the Netherlands a regional hub for military and civilian aircraft support services. Boeing and the RNLAF signed a strategic partnership agreement that builds on an… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 24-Jun-14

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Columbia Helicopters Appoints Senior Advisor

Columbia Helicopters Appoints Senior Advisor

Columbia Helicopters is pleased to announce the appointment of Kees Blekxtoon as a Senior Advisor to the company. Mr. Blekxtoon will support the company’s marketing efforts in the Netherlands and India. Among his many accomplishments, Mr. Blekxtoon has served as President for The Boeing Company, Northern & Western Europe, and as President of Stork/Fokker International…. Read more »

Source: Columbia Helicopters, 26-May-14

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Camcopter S-100 demonstrates maritime capability in Netherlands

Camcopter S-100 demonstrates maritime capability in Netherlands

The CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) successfully demonstrated its capability across several different maritime scenarios to Dutch Authorities in Den Helder, The Netherlands, on 29 April 2014. Consolidating its unmatched maritime position, the S-100 demonstrated its ability to support maritime commanders and decision makers in the North Sea, west of Den Helder. The North… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 30-Apr-14

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Helitech International 2014 confirms provisions for visiting helicopters

Helitech International 2014 confirms provisions for visiting helicopters

Reed Exhibitions, organisers of Helitech International, are pleased to confirm that demonstration flights will be carried out from the venue during Helitech International. The event takes place between the 14-16 October at the Amsterdam RAI, and is run in association with the European Helicopter Association.  Exhibitors wishing to demonstrate their aircraft to customers will be… Read more »

Source: Helitech, 29-Apr-14

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Garmin Introduces European FliteCharts

Garmin Introduces European FliteCharts

Garmin continues to expand its global aviation chart coverage with the release of European terminal charts, including instrument approach charts, SIDs, STARs, and airport diagrams. These charts are the most recent addition to the growing list of worldwide aviation charting products available from Garmin, which are compatible with select Garmin avionics and portables. Additional charts… Read more »

Source: Garmin, 06-Apr-14

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Netherlands – Air BP inaugurates new fuel farm at Den Helder

Netherlands – Air BP inaugurates new fuel farm at Den Helder

Leading international aviation fuel supplier, Air BP, today (April 4th) inaugurated its brand new fuel farm at Den Helder Airport (DHR) in the Netherlands – home to one of the largest offshore heliports in north-west Europe. The fuel farm installed by Air BP represents an investment of around €1 million and follows Air BP’s take-over… Read more »

Source: Air BP, 06-Apr-14

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Netherlands – HeliCentre hold Cabri launch event

Netherlands – HeliCentre hold Cabri launch event

Dutch operator HeliCentre at Lelystad held a launch event on Saturday as they commence operations with a Guimbal Cabri G2. The company plans on using the helicopter for training, transport and self-fly hire according to their website. The Cabri was purchased pre-owned from Germany. PH-HCC is serial 1010 and was D-HJOY with its previous owner…. Read more »

Source: HeliCentre, 25-Mar-14

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13-Mar-14 PH-OKE Hughes 300C Hilversum, Netherlands

Three injured (one seriously) in low level accident at base airfield

13-Mar-14

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Vector Aerospace and Aerotech Holland Sign 4 Year Agreement for Dutch military T700 MRO

Vector Aerospace and Aerotech Holland Sign 4 Year Agreement for Dutch military T700 MRO

Vector Aerospace (www.vectoraerospace.com), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce that its subsidiary, Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services – North America (“HS-NA”),one of the world’s leading providers of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul services, has signed a four-year agreement through their Dutch partner Aerotech Holland with the… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 25-Feb-14

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New Zealand has fast-expanding Cabri fleet

New Zealand has fast-expanding Cabri fleet

In the last few weeks three more Guimbal G2 Cabri helicopters have arrived in New Zealand.  This includes a new build serial 1057 from the factory in France, which will become the fifth helicopter in the country to fly with the registration ZK-HCS.  [The previous “HCS” was a Cabri now re-registered to ZK-ICS.  Ed] Meanwhile… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Jan-14

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NHV takes over Dutch SAR contract from Bristow

NHV takes over Dutch SAR contract from Bristow

On 20th December, NOGEPA signed a contract with North Sea Helicopters Vlaanderen (NHV) for Search and Rescue (SAR) services. The contract entails provision of SAR services from 1/1/2014 and has a minimum duration of 6 months. NHV will operate from Den Helder Airport with two AS365N (Dauphin) helicopters, supported by additional AS365N helicopters from the Botlek area. The… Read more »

Source: NOGEPA, 02-Jan-14

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Helitech prepares for 2014 debut on Dutch soil

Helitech prepares for 2014 debut on Dutch soil

The global commercial helicopter market is expected to experience 3.08% growth by 2023 according to a recent report(1). However this modest expansion obscures the fact that demand for new platforms in emerging markets will soar within the period 2013-23. Latin America is expected to witness a compound annual growth rate of almost 15% for commercial… Read more »

Source: Helitech, 13-Dec-13

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AAR partners with the Royal Netherlands Air Force

AAR partners with the Royal Netherlands Air Force

AAR (NYSE: AIR) announced today that representatives from its Dutch-based AAR Aircraft Component Services – Amsterdam business (AAR ACS) and officials from the Netherlands Ministry of Defense’s Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) signed a partnering agreement that allows AAR ACS to provide new and expanded component repair services using equipment at Logistic Center Woensdrecht (LCW)…. Read more »

Source: AAR, 25-Nov-13

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Royal Netherlands Air Force begins training on upgraded Chinook simulator

Royal Netherlands Air Force begins training on upgraded Chinook simulator

CAE today announced it has completed a major upgrade to one of the Chinook dynamic mission simulators located at CAE’s Medium Support Helicopter Aircrew Training Facility (MSHATF) and the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) is now training its Chinook aircrews to both the CH-47D and CH-47F standards. The upgrade was done over the past two… Read more »

Source: CAE, 22-Oct-13

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Turbomeca signed a contract with the Royal Netherlands Air Force

Turbomeca signed a contract with the Royal Netherlands Air Force

Turbomeca (Safran) signed a 25 million EUR contract with the Royal Netherlands Air Force for the repair, overhaul and inspection of their Makila engines. This contract covers the Makila 1A2 engines, powering today the 17 AS532 Cougar helicopters of the Royal Netherlands Air Force. These helicopters are used for missions in for instance Afghanistan, “anti… Read more »

Source: Turbomeca, 25-Sep-13

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Helitech announce 2014 event move to Amsterdam

Helitech announce 2014 event move to Amsterdam

Having previously touted Berlin as the location (see story), the HeliHub.com office received this today… With less than a month to go, booked stand space at Helitech International 2013 is 1100m2 larger compared to the 2011 show, with headline manufacturers joining an impressive line-up of international companies showcasing the latest in rotary technology innovation. Organised by… Read more »

Source: Helitech International, 03-Sep-13

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Boeing awarded $8M contract for Dutch Apache support

Boeing awarded $8M contract for Dutch Apache support

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Ariz., was awarded a firm-fixed-price, foreign military sales contract with a maximum value of $7,745,923 for sustainment services in support of the Apache AH-64D. This FMS contract is in support of Netherlands. Fiscal 2012 procurement funds are being obligated on this award. The Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 03-Jul-13

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Boeing to Streamline Royal Netherlands Air Force Rotorcraft Maintenance

Boeing to Streamline Royal Netherlands Air Force Rotorcraft Maintenance

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) have signed the first-ever integrated contract for maintenance and spare parts for Chinook and Apache helicopters, which will save the Dutch military money and increase aircraft availability by merging two formerly separate supply chains. The $60 million Integrated Contractor Logistics Support (ICLS) contract will provide… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 17-Jun-13

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Airline to link two North Sea helicopter hubs

Airline to link two North Sea helicopter hubs

Flybe franchise carrier Loganair has commenced ticket sales for a new weekday service, operating from Den Helder to both Norwich and Manchester in the United Kingdom. The flights to Norwich, which serves as East England’s offshore support hub, will operate on weekdays from March 4 2013. Passengers will be able to leave Den Helder at… Read more »

Source: Den Helder Airport, 18-Feb-13

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Website shows live heli traffic in Belgium and Netherlands

Website shows live heli traffic in Belgium and Netherlands

The Belgian based website helispot.be has recently launched a new page, featuring the helicopter traffic which flies each day.  For every tracked helicopter that flies in Belgium and Netherlands, you can see the first and last recorded track times each day [in UTC], along with the registration, type , serial number, operator, pressure altitude and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Feb-13

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Museum opens new display on 1953 Dutch Flood Disaster

Museum opens new display on 1953 Dutch Flood Disaster

With all the severe weather recently it seems quite apt that a new display has opened at The Helicopter Museum, Weston-super-Mare to mark the 60th Anniversary of The Dutch Flood Disaster. On 1st February 1953 gale force winds and a high spring tide led to the breaching of coastal defences on both sides of the… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 11-Feb-13

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First NH-90 heads for duty off Somalia

First NH-90 heads for duty off Somalia

The Dutch frigate HNLMS De Ruyter left her home port of Den Helder yesterday for counterpiracy operations in the waters around Somalia as part of the European Union’s “Operation Atalanta”. The ship is carrying an NH-90 helicopter, and the trip marks the first operational deployment of this type for the Netherlands. Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Jan-13

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EDA completes successful 3rd Helicopter Tactics Symposium

EDA completes successful 3rd Helicopter Tactics Symposium

The third Helicopter Tactics Symposium was held from 19 – 21 November in Luxembourg. 43 participants from 16 Member States (AT, BE, BG, CZ, DE, ES, EE,  FI, FR, HU, IT, LU, NL, PT, SE, UK) and additional guests from New Zeeland and the Joint Air Power Competence Centre exchanged views on the status of… Read more »

Source: European Defence Agency, 28-Nov-12

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Terma and NLR deliver mission planning system for Dutch Chinooks

Terma and NLR deliver mission planning system for Dutch Chinooks

Chinook ACMS Mission Planning System delivered by Terma and National Aerospace Laboratory (NLR) to 298 Squadron, the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF). Following RNLAF’s recent procurement of six Chinook CH-47F helicopters – in addition to the current CH-47Ds already in service – Terma has provided the Mission Support System “ChAMPS” (Chinook ACMS Mission Planning System)…. Read more »

Source: Terma, 30-Oct-12

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Chile to buy eight AS532 Cougars from Netherlands?

Chile to buy eight AS532 Cougars from Netherlands?

Chile is in talks with the Netherlands to purchase eight Cougar helicopters that are likely to be reconditioned and upgraded to form part of an air cavalry brigade. (see full story)

Source: UPI, 16-Sep-12

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Bo105 sold from Netherlands to Georgia

Bo105 sold from Netherlands to Georgia

A 1976-built Eurocopter Bo105 has been sold to the CIS state of Georgia and was delivered yesterday, reports Avia-DejaVu.net.  The Bo105C started its operational life with the Dutch Police until it was withdrawn from use in 2010 on the introduction of the Eurocopter EC135 to their fleet.  The remaining Bo105 fleet were taken to Emmen… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Sep-12

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Dutch operator Helicon declared bankrupt

Dutch operator Helicon declared bankrupt

Helicopter Company Helicon has been declared bankrupt by the court in Breda. The cause of the bankruptcy is the departure of Gasunie as a major customer. Seventy percent of the Helicon operations were pipeline inspections for the Gasunie. Earlier this year local utility Gasunie chose German operator SP Luftbild to survey their pipelines, a contract previously… Read more »

Source: Rotorspot.nl, 06-Sep-12

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Dutch Lynx returns home from Libya

Dutch Lynx returns home from Libya

The Netherlands military have today reported that their Navy SH-14D Lynx helicopter (serial 277) that was abandoned on the beach of the Lybian city of Sirte in February 2011, is back in the Netherlands. The helicopter was used last year in an unsuccessful evacuation attempt from Hr.Ms. Tromp frigate. The three crew members were held… Read more »

Source: Rotorspot, 04-Jul-12

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Netherlands to sell eight Cougars to Chile?

Netherlands to sell eight Cougars to Chile?

Radio Netherlands has issued a report that their local Defence Ministry is looking to dispose of aircraft in an effort to both raise some money and to save operational costs – their target is to shave a billion euros from its budget. Apart from a proposed sale of fifteen F-16 jets to Romania, they also… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 28-Jun-12

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Netherlands suspends Apache demo team for 2012

Netherlands suspends Apache demo team for 2012

The Dutch Ministry of Defence has recently announced that their Apache aerobatic display team will not be present at air shows and other events this year. The Royal Netherlands Air Force currently has cited insufficient resources and headcount to commit to running the team. Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-May-12

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Eurocopter considers participation in Rotary Wing Training Center

Eurocopter considers participation in Rotary Wing Training Center

The European helicopter manufacturer Eurocopter has shown interest to locate their maintenance training in our Rotary Wing Training Center (RWTC) in Gilze en Rijen, which is opened on Wednesday, April 25 by the Dutch Minister of Defense Hillen. Eurocopter is following the example of Boeing, who relocated it global Chinook maintenance training to the care… Read more »

Source: World Class Aviation Academy, 30-Apr-12

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Dutch R44 ditches in lake next to hotel

Dutch R44 ditches in lake next to hotel

This news item is part of the accident data provided by HeliHub.com on this site.  Information provided in this update may potentially be incomplete or inaccurate as we frequently post these stories only a very short time after the accident has occurred.  Users of HeliHub.com are advised to carry out their own checks and searches,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Mar-12

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25-Mar-12 PH-WQW Robinson R44 Zwolle, Netherlands

Helicopter ditched in lake adjacent to de Koperen Hoogte hotel.  Three occupants – two adults and a child aged 5 – swam to safety.  Press repots include a series of photos prior/during/after impact, but unclear what caused the helicopter to get into the flying state causing the ditching.

25-Mar-12

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CHC Netherlands takes delivery of another new AW139

CHC Netherlands takes delivery of another new AW139

On Saturday morning, a brand new AW139 landed at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport – presumably on a delivery flight from the factory in Italy.  We understand it was en route to be based at Den Helder for Southern North Sea work.  Registered PH-EUG and in full CHC colours, the helicopter is serial number 31407, the most… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Mar-12

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ALT signs Turbomeca support contract for engines in ANWB EC135s

ALT signs Turbomeca support contract for engines in ANWB EC135s

Turbomeca (Safran group) sign a support contract at the time of flight, SBH ®, with ADAC for 10 Arrius 2B2 engines powering five helicopters EC 135T2, for the benefit of ANWB Medical Air Assistance. ADAC Luftfahrt Technik GmbH, based near Bonn, Germany, maintains helicopters and engines for various operators in Europe, as ADAC, ANWB and… Read more »

Source: Turbomeca, 12-Feb-12

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German operator wins Dutch gas pipeline contract

German operator wins Dutch gas pipeline contract

German operator SP Luftbild has won a contract to survey gas pipelines in the Netherlands for Gasunie, a Dutch natural gas infrastructure and transportation company operating in the Netherlands and Germany.  The company’s network ranks among the largest high pressure gas pipeline grids in Europe, consisting of over 15,000 kilometres of pipeline in the Netherlands… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Jan-12

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CHC adds new AW139 in Netherlands

CHC adds new AW139 in Netherlands

Having recently transferred an older AW139 from Netherlands to Kazakstan, the operator has replaced it with a new AW139 from the factory in Italy.  Registered PH-EUE, serial number 31387 should now be at their Den Helder base and will soon be ready for North Sea operations. Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Dec-11

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CHC sends an AW139 to Tanzania

CHC sends an AW139 to Tanzania

CHC has this week transferred an AW139 from the Dutch register to the Canadian register – serial number 31072 going from PH-EUA to C-GNDG.  However, industry sources tell us that it’s not going to Canada, but is destined for operations in Tanzania.  It is currently on its ferry flight as we file this story, expected… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Nov-11

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FB Heliservices wins 8-year SAR contract

FB Heliservices wins 8-year SAR contract

FB Heliservices Ltd, a joint venture of Cobham and Bristow Helicopters, has been awarded an eight year contract by the Netherlands Ministry of Defence to provide helicopter air reconnaissance capacity to the Dutch Caribbean Coastguard. The contract is worth approximately €45 million. “This contract breaks new ground for FB Heliservices and we’re very pleased with… Read more »

Source: FB Heliservices, 24-Oct-11

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13-Oct-11 PH-MAA Eurocopter EC135T2+ Hilversum, Netherlands

Bird strike – broke a hole in the canopy just to the port side of the nose

13-Oct-11

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Boeing backs Chinook training academy in Netherlands

Boeing backs Chinook training academy in Netherlands

The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has signed a teaming agreement with the Rotary Wing Training Center (RWTC) — a subsidiary of the Netherlands’ World Class Aviation Academy (WCAA) — to establish a state-of-the-art CH-47 Chinook helicopter maintenance training facility near the Dutch Gilze-Rijen Airbase. The training center will help address the needs of international Chinook… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 06-Oct-11

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Lockheed Martin awarded $55M for AH-64Ds for the Netherlands, Egypt and Taiwan

Lockheed Martin awarded $55M for AH-64Ds for the Netherlands, Egypt and Taiwan

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Fla., was awarded a $55,573,867 firm-fixed-price and cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. The award will provide for the procurement of AH-64D target acquisition kits and engineering services for the Netherlands, Egypt and Taiwan. Work will be performed in Orlando, Fla., with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2013. One bid… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 06-Oct-11

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Boeing and AAR to collaborate on Dutch helicopter support

Boeing and AAR to collaborate on Dutch helicopter support

The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and AAR Aircraft Component Services — Amsterdam have signed a letter of intent to cooperate on component maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) capabilities to support Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) rotorcraft operations. “Boeing is working with Dutch industry to develop the most effective ways to increase the readiness rates of… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 20-Sep-11

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Dutch military helicopter pilots win British air display awards

Dutch military helicopter pilots win British air display awards

Helicopter pilots from the Netherlands have picked up multiple awards in British air displays this month.  At the Royal International Air Tattoo, held at Fairford, the Apache team won “Best overseas flying dipsplay”. The Dutch military also entered a Chinook in the Concours d’Elegance event, where an international jury awarded the title of Overall Winner… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Aug-11

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31-Jul-11 PH-WTW Guimbal Cabri Lelystad, Netherlands

Main blade struck tail boom in practice autorotation.  See first link for summary from manufacturer

31-Jul-11

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23-Jul-11 PH-X1B Geocopter GC-201 Venlo, Netherlands

Unmanned helicopter crashed during a demonstration flight

23-Jul-11

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Netherlands stops using Lynx helicopters for SAR work

Netherlands stops using Lynx helicopters for SAR work

From Friday 1st July, full responsibility for SAR work in the Netherlands passed from 860 Sqn in the Navy to 303 Sqn in the Air Force. 860 Squadron has operated Westland Lynx helicopters in this role since the late 1970s, when they superceded Wasps. The Lynx helicopters will continue with 860 Squadron in other roles,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Jul-11

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Christoph Europa 1 marks 50,000th mission

Christoph Europa 1 marks 50,000th mission

ADAC, the German-based rescue organisation, has announced that it’s “Christoph Europa 1” base achieved its 50,000th mission on 18th May.  Based at Aachen-Merzbrück airfield, the helicopter was on its 725th Use this year after being called to an emergency to Baesweiler. These impressive figures reflect a high daily operating frequency, which averaged five missions per… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jun-11

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11-May-11 PH-HHF Schweizer 333 Veghel, Netherlands

Crashed in a meadow, caught fire and burnt out.  Sole occupant pilot, Dirk Wiersma (aged 65) was unharmed

11-May-11

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Dutch Navy takes delivery of a mission planning & analysis system for its NH90s

Dutch Navy takes delivery of a mission planning & analysis system for its NH90s

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) has taken delivery of a Mission Planning & Analysis System (MPAS) for its fleet of NH90 NFH medium twin naval helicopters. The delivery of the MPAS to the RNLN was completed after a thorough verification of the system by the RNLN,… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 10-May-11

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Dutch military cuts likely to include Cougar fleet

Dutch military cuts likely to include Cougar fleet

Over 5,000 people in the Dutch military, both service personnel and civil servants, are facing compulsory redundancies.  The government is expected to announce on Friday how it plans to make savings of €1bn in its defence budget.  Sources are suggesting that the job losses will affect all ranks. Defence minister Hans Hillen also plans to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Apr-11

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Netherlands replaces Lynx taken captive in Libya

Netherlands replaces Lynx taken captive in Libya

An Ilyushin II-76 transport plane took off from Leeuwarden Air Base yesterday towards Djibouti. On board was  a replacement Lynx helicopter for the Netherlands Navy frigate Hr. Ms. Tromp. The previous helicopter for this naval ship was captured in Libya on 27th February along with its crew of three, when they were attempting to evacuate… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Mar-11

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Dutch NH90 flies for the first time at night with NV

Dutch NH90 flies for the first time at night with NV

(Electronic translation of Dutch press release) The latest Defence Helicopter, the NH90 has successfully executed its first night.The flights took place Tuesday night from Marine Air Station De Kooy in Den Helder. During the flights, the potential and limitations of night vision equipment evaluated. Also, patients and Search and Rescue flight tested. In the coming… Read more »

Source: Dutch military, 17-Mar-11

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Dutch NH90 flies for the first time at night with NV

Dutch NH90 flies for the first time at night with NV

The latest Defence Helicopter, the NH90 has successfully executed its first night. The flights took place Tuesday night from Marine Air Station De Kooy in Den Helder. During the flights, the potential and limitations of night vision equipment evaluated. Also, patients and Search and Rescue flight tested. In the coming weeks there are several test… Read more »

12-Mar-11

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Libya Crisis – Dutch trio freed

Libya Crisis – Dutch trio freed

Following our article Libya Crisis – Three Dutch soldiers and one Lynx captured, we can now advise that the three members of the Dutch military have been released and are already in the Greek capital Athens en route home.  Defense Minister Hans Hillen: “We are very pleased. Our people are safe, what a wonderful news.”… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Mar-11

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Libya Crisis – Three Dutch soldiers and one Lynx captured

Libya Crisis – Three Dutch soldiers and one Lynx captured

The Dutch military have announced that the three of their soldiers have been captured by Libyan Government troops – the action taking place last Sunday and not broadcast until yesterday.  The Lynx was operating from the Dutch Navy ship Tromp, landing in Libya to evacuate two people who were being held against their will.  However,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Mar-11

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Two Dutch EMS EC135s cleared for night rooftop operations

Two Dutch EMS EC135s cleared for night rooftop operations

Dutch aviation magazine Scramble has alerted HeliHub.com to the news that two air ambulance helicopters in their country will start true 24×7 operations from today, 14th February 2011.  THe bases at Amsterdam and Groningen will bring the night operations under ANWB up to four, adding to bases at Rotterdam and Nijmegen which already have this… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Feb-11

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