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HNZ Group Reports FY2017 Q2 Results

HNZ Group Reports FY2017 Q2 Results

Revenue was $56.4 million in the second quarter of 2017, a decrease of $0.9 million compared to $57.3 million a year ago. This variation is mostly explained by a decrease in onshore revenue and ancillary revenue, partially offset by an increase in offshore revenue. The Corporation flew 10,725 hours compared to 11,557 hours in the second quarter of 2016, a decrease… Read more »

Source: HNZ, 18-Aug-17

NZ – Northland seeking to upgrade to two Sikorsky S76C from S76A models

NZ – Northland seeking to upgrade to two Sikorsky S76C from S76A models

The Northland Emergency Services Trust (NEST) is looking to loaning $10 million from the Northland Regional Council in order to replace their two rescue helicopters. The loan from the council will have better interest rates than any bank, ultimately saving them $200,000 a year, reports NZ Herald. They would have to pay the loan back… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Jul-17

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The Helicopter Flight Training Center goes international

The Helicopter Flight Training Center goes international

The Helicopter Flight Training Center, a Metro Aviation company, has expanded its international reach to New Zealand.  The Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand recognized and approved the new EC145 Level D simulator training provided to HeliOtago, the country’s largest helicopter operator based at Taieri Airfield in Mosgiel, Otago.  Authorities from the FAA, Argentina and… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 16-Jun-17

Council against Funding Rescue Helicopter Service

Council against Funding Rescue Helicopter Service

Horizon’s Regional Council recently voted against funding a rescue helicopter service. Councillor David Cotton has said paying Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter will open up a Pandora ’s Box, as other services will also request funding. The public showed great support for the cause. But as the vote was six against to five for, the council… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Jun-17

NZ CAA approves Metro Aviation EC145 simulator

NZ CAA approves Metro Aviation EC145 simulator

The Helicopter Flight Training Center, a Metro Aviation company, has expanded its international reach to New Zealand.  The Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand recognized and approved the new EC145 Level D simulator training provided to HeliOtago, the country’s largest helicopter operator based at Taieri Airfield in Mosgiel, Otago.  Authorities from the FAA, Argentina and… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 07-Jun-17

BK117 Dual Torque Gauge Granted FAA Approval

BK117 Dual Torque Gauge Granted FAA Approval

Airwork (NZ) Limited have obtained FAA Supplementary Type Certificate (FAA STC) for the Insco Solid‐State BK117‐B2 140% Dual Torque Gauge. The Insco Torque Gauge is a form, fit and function replacement for the OEM Analogue Torque Gauge and has proven to be significantly more reliable than its analogue predecessor, reducing downtime and maintenance costs for… Read more »

Source: Airwork NZ, 06-Jun-17

New Zealand eases NH90 flying limitations

New Zealand eases NH90 flying limitations

The Royal New Zealand Air Force has eased limitations on its fleet of twin engined NH90 helicopters that have prevented them flying over water, at night, and over mountainous terrain since 20 April. The limitations were imposed on the fleet after an NH90 suffered a single engine failure on 16 April while returning to RNZAF… Read more »

Source: New Zealand Defense Force, 23-May-17

02-May-17 ZK-IED Airbus BK117A3 Porirua Harbour, New Zealand

Sole occupant pilot Rick Lucas experienced tail rotor failure and helicopter started to spin so he elected to ditch it in the shallow waters of Porirua Harbour, N of Wellington

02-May-17

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Big Changes for New Zealand Rescue Helicopter Services

Big Changes for New Zealand Rescue Helicopter Services

The New Zealand Government is currently underway with planning a large change for the country’s rescue helicopter services. Auckland’s Rescue Helicopter Trust’s chief executive, Greg Barrows, has commented that suggestions of rationalization and amalgamation have been brought up. As well as planning, they are taking into account their many fundraising programmes. The government pays for… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Apr-17

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Peter Garden Awarded for International Work

Peter Garden Awarded for International Work

Peter Garden has been made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit due to his conservation and aviation services he has performed. He ran his own company, Peter Garden Helicopters Ltd, for 25 years in Otago and Southland doing agriculture work. This line of work introduced him to working for the Wildlife Services… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Jan-17

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New Helipads for Northland Rescue Helicopter

New Helipads for Northland Rescue Helicopter

Northland Rescue Helicopter has received, through community funding, all-weather landing pads for Whangarei Heads, Ruawai and Kerikeri. Other communities are following suit, reports NZ Herald, and are planning on building the same helipads. Northland Rescue Helicopter has already been called out 705 times, making this the busiest year so far.

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Nov-16

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30-Oct-16 ZK-IZR Guimbal Cabri G2 Tarras, New Zealand

The helicopter hit a pole and crashed at 4.30am whilst engaged in frost control operations due to the pilot being unable to see due to the canopy fogging up. The pilot was injured.

30-Oct-16

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New Zealand puts Robinson helicopters on safety Watchlist

New Zealand puts Robinson helicopters on safety Watchlist

The Transport Accident Investigation Commission in New Zealand yesterday added two new significant items to its Watchlist of most pressing concerns. One involves Robinson helicopter and the other safety issues for pedestrians and vehicles using railway level crossings. The detail provided on Robinson helicopters is as follows:- There are around 300 Robinson helicopters registered in… Read more »

Source: TAIC, 28-Oct-16

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Ngai Tahu Tourism Purchases Queenstown Helicopter Business

Ngai Tahu Tourism Purchases Queenstown Helicopter Business

Ngai Tahu Tourism recently bought Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters. Ngai Tahu plans to use the well-known business to offer top class scenic tours, make connections within the industry and enhancing the experience customers receive, reports Stuff. The new acquisition allows Ngai Tahu to work from Queenstown to Glenorchy and even Franz Josef.

Source: HeliHub.com, 28-Oct-16

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Profile – New Zealand SAR Legend John Funnell

Profile – New Zealand SAR Legend John Funnell

John Funnell, 65, is one of the most well-known SAR pilot’s in New Zealand. Although today he spends his time managing a hotel, a cattle farm and even a bit of bee keeping, back in the day he saved thousands of lives with 19 000 hours of flight time under his belt. Some of his… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Oct-16

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Alpine Adventures Receives Air Operating Certificate

Alpine Adventures Receives Air Operating Certificate

Alpine Adventures, a South Westland helicopter company that has been grounded since May, has been given permission to fly again by Civil Aviation. Alpine Adventures will be operating under the new name Fox-Franz Heliservices and a new board. Their initial grounding was only to last 10 days, but James Scott, the director and individual shareholder,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Sep-16

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NZ Seasprite makes first operational mission with an offshore patrol vessel

NZ Seasprite makes first operational mission with an offshore patrol vessel

One of the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s (RNZAF) newly acquired fleet of Seasprite helicopters will help transport 23 government staff and about seven tonnes of vital equipment and supplies to the remote Kermadec Islands on its first operational mission with an offshore patrol vessel (OPV). An SH-2G (I) Seasprite, one of eight that are… Read more »

Source: NZDF, 22-Sep-16

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Conditions for Kurow Medical Centre Helipad

Conditions for Kurow Medical Centre Helipad

The Kurow Medical Centre might be able to use the Kurow Recreation Reserve as an emergency helipad, pending the vote on approving a lease, but under four conditions. They have to meet Civil Aviation Authority requirements, adhere to proposed lease provisions, attain resource consent and that the helipad will be subject to public notification. The… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Sep-16

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Oceania Aviation Complete Upgrade Mod for BO105 Hoist

Oceania Aviation Complete Upgrade Mod for BO105 Hoist

Oceania Aviation’s Part 148 Manufacturing team, Airborne Systems have recently completed an Approved Modification to the OEM Hoist arm allowing the replacement of the obsolete Wadell Hoist with a NEW Breeze Eastern HS20200 600lb system on the BO105 Series model. The BO105 Hoist Arm Conversion was recently certified by an Australian operator and includes a… Read more »

Source: Oceania Aviation, 09-Sep-16

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Navy and Coastguards from 11 countries meet for HOSTAC conference

Navy and Coastguards from 11 countries meet for HOSTAC conference

Navy and Coast Guard representatives from 11 countries came together for dialogue and information sharing during a Helicopter Operations from Ships other Than Aircraft Carriers (HOSTAC) conference in Singapore, Aug 29-Sept 2. Conference participants represented Great Britain, Canada, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and the United States. HOSTAC is an… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 08-Sep-16

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Oceania Aviation earns EASA Part 145 certification

Oceania Aviation earns EASA Part 145 certification

Oceania Aviation is pleased to announce that it has been approved for Part 145 EASA certification following intensive audits conducted in 2015 and 2016. The Part 145 EASA Certification covers a range of Oceania Aviation’s services including: •    Blade and Composite Repair •    Component Service and Overhaul •    Turbine Service and Overhaul •    Eddy Current… Read more »

Source: Oceania Aviation, 24-Aug-16

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HNZ reports on new offshore AW139 contract in New Zealand

HNZ reports on new offshore AW139 contract in New Zealand

HNZ Group has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, HNZ New Zealand Limited, has entered into an offshore oil and gas helicopter support contract with a consortium of customers which includes Shell Todd Oil Services Limited, AWE Taranaki Limited, OMV New Zealand Limited and Origin Energy Resources (Kupe) Limited, New Plymouth. The contract commenced on April… Read more »

Source: HNZ, 02-Jun-16

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Oceania Aviation is attending AHIA Rotortech

Oceania Aviation is attending AHIA Rotortech

Oceania Aviation, New Zealand’s largest Aircraft Sales and Support Service Company will be attending AHIA Rotortech on Australia’s Sunshine Coast from May 27th- May 29th. The Rotortech event, which is to be hosted at the Twin Waters resort, will feature upwards of 50 exhibitors and Oceania Aviation is proud to be a Bronze Sponsor of… Read more »

Source: Oceania Aviation, 26-May-16

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Heli Support NZ praises PA100 PUREair System for AS350

Heli Support NZ praises PA100 PUREair System for AS350

DART Aerospace and its New Zealand AMC partner Heli Support NZ highlight the performance of the newly installed PA100 PUREair Engine Protection System for The Helicopter Line after its first periodic inspection. Heli Support NZ owns and leases the aircraft for scenic flights and heli-ski missions to The Helicopter Line, who have multiple bases established… Read more »

Source: Dart, 26-May-16

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Dart expands Approved Maintenance Center into Australia and NZ

Dart expands Approved Maintenance Center into Australia and NZ

DART Aerospace expands customers’ reach by establishing its new Approved Maintenance Center (AMC) network in Australasia to offer very competitive aftermarket solutions. After six years of working with an exclusive distributor in that region, DART will now service the market directly. Helicopter operators and private owners in this region now have the option to deal… Read more »

Source: Dart Aerospace, 03-May-16

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15-Apr-16 ZK-IMS Guimbal Cabri G2 Tikitere, New Zealand

Pilot made an emergency landing in a paddock for unknown reason.  Inspection cover in firewall had not been closed during pre-flight checks and helicopter was consumed by fire.  Sole occupant pilot got out OK without injury

15-Apr-16

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New Zealand Defence Force pleased with NH90 in first overseas deployment

New Zealand Defence Force pleased with NH90 in first overseas deployment

The New Zealand Defence Force’s (NZDF) NH90 helicopters have confirmed their ability to support a humanitarian aid operation on their first overseas mission in Fiji. NH90 Detachment Commander Squadron Leader (SQNLDR) Ben Pryor said the medium utility helicopters have been providing a critical link between the main population centres and outlying islands devastated by Tropical… Read more »

Source: NZDF, 06-Apr-16

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First New Zealand R44 for two years on order via Oceania Aviation

First New Zealand R44 for two years on order via Oceania Aviation

Oceania Aviation, the Robinson helicopter distributor for New Zealand’s South Island, has accepted an order for a brand new Robinson R44 from leading Tourist Operator, Southern Lakes Helicopters. The soon-to-be-imported aircraft will be the first new R44 to arrive in New Zealand for over 2 years. With over 160 R44 models registered in New Zealand,… Read more »

Source: Oceania Aviation, 23-Mar-16

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Oceania Aviation to train Pakistan 300C engineers

Oceania Aviation to train Pakistan 300C engineers

Oceania Aviation are pleased to announce the recent signing of an agreement with Pakistan authorities for the training and development of government-nominated engineers in the overhaul and servicing of leading dynamic components, rotor blades, piston engines and calendar parts for the Sikorsky S300C. The agreements will see Engineers from Pakistan accommodated in New Zealand for… Read more »

Source: Oceania Aviation, 17-Mar-16

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New Zealand – NEST becomes the Northland Rescue Helicopter

New Zealand – NEST becomes the Northland Rescue Helicopter

Peter Turnbull, the Northland Rescue Helicopter’s chief pilot and chief executive, says the new name is about establishing cohesive branding for the helicopters and the trust.  See full story

Source: Scoop, 16-Mar-16

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FAA approves Airwork NZ as Part 145 repair station

FAA approves Airwork NZ as Part 145 repair station

The United States Federal Aviation Administration today approved Airwork (NZ) Ltd as an FAA Part 145 Repair Station. Airwork currently holds maintenance approvals from EASA, Transport Canada, and the civil aviation authorities in New Zealand and South Africa. This FAA approval is the next major step in ensuring that Airwork has the ability to support… Read more »

Source: Airwork (NZ), 14-Mar-16

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

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

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

Source: Airwork NZ, 14-Mar-16

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21-Nov-15 ZK-HKU Eurocopter AS350BA Fox Glacier, New Zealand (7F)

Crashed on a glacier and fell down a crevasse, killing pilot Mitch Gameren, two Australian tourists Sovannmony Leang and Josephine Gibson and four British tourists Nigel Charlton and his wife Cynthia, Andrew Virco and his partner Katharine Walker, head of radiotherapy at a major trauma centre. It is of particular note that the two visible main… Read more »

21-Nov-15

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New Zealand commences SH-2G simulator training

New Zealand commences SH-2G simulator training

Today at the New Zealand Defence Industry Association (NZDIA) annual forum, CAE announced it has commenced the provision of maintenance and support services on the New Zealand Defence Force’s (NZDF) SH-2G(I) helicopter synthetic training devices. The NZDF recently recommissioned a SH-2G(I) Full-Mission Flight Simulator (FMFS), which was acquired as part of the acquisition of ten… Read more »

Source: CAE, 18-Nov-15

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NZ doubles R22 and R44 solo training hours requirement

NZ doubles R22 and R44 solo training hours requirement

The CAA says new requirements for pilots flying Robinson helicopters will help prevent accidents. Graeme Harris, The Director of Civil Aviation (CAA) has determined that additional safety awareness training will be required for pilots flying Robinson R22 and R44 helicopters. In response to a Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) recommendation we reviewed the status of… Read more »

Source: NZ CAA, 09-Nov-15

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New Zealand grants Type Acceptance for MD Explorer

New Zealand grants Type Acceptance for MD Explorer

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) is pleased to announce that the MD 900 was recently granted Type Acceptance from the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand (CAANZ) based on its FAA Type Certification No. H19NM. This certification is all-inclusive and authorizes restriction-free import and operation of the MD 900/902 Explorer throughout New Zealand. MDHI’s twin-engine, 8-seat,… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 29-Oct-15

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Victim pleads for mercy for prosecuted NZ rescue pilot

Victim pleads for mercy for prosecuted NZ rescue pilot

A “hero” helicopter pilot is facing possible jail-time over the dramatic rescue of an injured hunter who says he owes the pilot his life. See Full Story

Source: Stuff, 13-Oct-15

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Dakota Air Parts buys NZ UH-1 fleet

Dakota Air Parts buys NZ UH-1 fleet

The retired Royal New Zealand Air Force Iroquois helicopter fleet has been sold, subject to final United States and New Zealand Government approvals. Following an international tendering process, Dakota Air Parts of the United States has been selected as the successful bidder for 10 of the 13 airframes, and spares. The total sale was in… Read more »

Source: RNZAF, 17-Sep-15

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12-Sep-15 ZK-ICS Guimbal G2 Rolleston, New Zealand

Landing accident and helicopter ended up on its side.  Note that from the two links provided, the TVNZ link shows the helicopter at the accident location and The Press link shows it after being removed from there to a grassy area for recovery away from the site

12-Sep-15

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NZ helipad to be built in Twizel after $150,000 donation

NZ helipad to be built in Twizel after $150,000 donation

An ambulance turnaround doubling as a helicopter pad will be built at the new Twizel Medical Centre thanks to an additional $150,000 of funding. See Full Story

Source: Stuff, 08-Sep-15

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New Zealand CAA give Northland Emergency Service Trust Part 145 maintenance approval

New Zealand CAA give Northland Emergency Service Trust Part 145 maintenance approval

The Northland Emergency Services Trust is the first rescue helicopter operation in New Zealand to get approval to undertake maintenance on its own aircraft. See Full Story

Source: Scoop, 07-Sep-15

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Oceania Aviation launches Finance and Leasing division

Oceania Aviation launches Finance and Leasing division

Oceania Aviation headquartered in Auckland, New Zealand has announced an innovative Aircraft Financing instrument to support Helicopter Operators anywhere on the planet. For years Oceania co-owner and Director Josh Camp noted that helicopter operators and financiers always approached funding from totally different perspectives. “As the leading provider of helicopter sales and support in Australasian region,… Read more »

Source: Oceania Aviation, 01-Sep-15

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Philips Search and Rescue Trust flies first spinal patient under new NZ rules

Philips Search and Rescue Trust flies first spinal patient under new NZ rules

Philips Search and Rescue Trust’s Tauranga-based rescue helicopter performed the first air transportation of a spinal injury patient under the new Ministry for Health and ACC Spinal Cord Impairment Plan introduced to New Zealand on 1 August 2015. The Spinal Cord Impairment Plan includes the introduction of the St John Spinal Cord Destination Policy, giving… Read more »

Source: Philips Search And Rescue Trust, 13-Aug-15

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New Zealand introduces new privacy law to restrict drone usage

New Zealand introduces new privacy law to restrict drone usage

New drone regulations come into effect on August 1, banning the small aircraft from flying over houses without the property owner’s consent. See full story

Source: 3news, 17-Jul-15

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Ruawai College gets its own helipad

Ruawai College gets its own helipad

While most schools have ceremonies for new classrooms or halls, Ruawai College in Northland has celebrated the opening of a more unusual attraction – a new helicopter pad. See Full Story

Source: 3 News, 30-Jun-15

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Winery charged for excessive helicopter landings

Winery charged for excessive helicopter landings

One of Waiheke Island’s swankiest wineries has been charged for over-using its helicopter pad. See Full Story

Source: Stuff, 30-Jun-15

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27-Jun-15 MD Helicopters MD500 Poerua Glacier, New Zealand

Crashed on take off, injuring the pilot Brad Maclachlan and two hunters he had just picked up

27-Jun-15

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New Zealand – Over The Top adds new H130 to fleet

New Zealand – Over The Top adds new H130 to fleet

Pioneering helicopter company Over The Top has a new state-of-the-art environmentally friendly helicopter. See Full Story.

Source: Voxy, 26-Jun-15

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NH90s are almost undeployable on Royal New Zealand Navy ships

NH90s are almost undeployable on Royal New Zealand Navy ships

A written parliamentary answer to New Zealand First confirms the $771 million NH90 helicopters were one of our worst military procurement decisions as they are almost undeployable on Royal New Zealand Navy ships. See Full Story.

Source: Voxy, 26-Jun-15

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Airwork and The Helicopter Line in court after cancelled tourism contract

Airwork and The Helicopter Line in court after cancelled tourism contract

A tourism giant operating in Queenstown faces a $9 million claim for damages after cancelling its helicopter contract with its supplier. See Full Story

Source: Scene, 22-Jun-15

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Register Update – New Zealand – May 2015

Register Update – New Zealand – May 2015

This news item is part of the HeliHub.com “Register Updates” series, listing helicopters which have been added to a particular national register, removed from it or the listed owner has changed. Our coverage represents the majority of registration and owner changes within the global civilian helicopter fleet. Most updates are weekly or monthly, although some… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Jun-15

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New Zealand Whisky Company to commemorate UH-1 fleet

New Zealand Whisky Company to commemorate UH-1 fleet

For just over 49 years, the UH-1H Iroquois helicopter fleet has served the RNZAF, NZDF and New Zealand. On May 2015, a formal function will mark the retirement of the Iroquois (Huey) and bottles from the New Zealand Whisky Company will be auctioned to commemorate each helicopter. See Full Story.

Source: Scoop, 28-May-15

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New Zealand Hueys start final tour

New Zealand Hueys start final tour

The Royal New Zealand Air Force’s fleet of Iroquois helicopters has provided almost 50 years of service to New Zealand and has been a stalwart of Defence Force operations since its purchase. The Iroquois is scheduled to cease flying operations with the Air Force on 01 July 2015. Ahead of this withdrawal from service, No.3… Read more »

Source: Royal New Zealand Air Force, 12-May-15

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New Zealand CAA issue Robinson Helicopter Fleet Consultation Document

New Zealand CAA issue Robinson Helicopter Fleet Consultation Document

The New Zealand CAA is exploring the need for changes in the regulation of the Robinson helicopter fleet. This is in response to a number of accidents involving Robinson helicopters in the last few years. As part of the response to these accidents, the Transport Accident Investigation Commission (“TAIC”) and the CAA have reviewed the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Apr-15

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Register Update – New Zealand – March 2015

Register Update – New Zealand – March 2015

This news item is part of the HeliHub.com “Register Updates” series, listing helicopters which have been added to a particular national register, removed from it or the listed owner has changed. Our coverage represents the majority of registration and owner changes within the global civilian helicopter fleet. Most updates are weekly or monthly, although some… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Apr-15

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Palmerston North Rescue upgrades from AS350 to BK117

Palmerston North Rescue upgrades from AS350 to BK117

The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter operation has just taken delivery of a purpose-built, twin engine BK117 helicopter, replacing the current single-engine AS350FX2 that has served the region for the last 23 years. See Full Story

Source: Scoop, 07-Apr-15

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The Airbus Helicopters Foundation provides aid in Vanuatu following Tropical Cyclone Pam

The Airbus Helicopters Foundation provides aid in Vanuatu following Tropical Cyclone Pam

The Airbus Helicopters Foundation in coordination with French Foreign Affairs Ministry Crisis Center have joined forces to distribute medical supplies, food and other humanitarian aid to the communities affected by Tropical Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu, an archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean, some 1,7500 km east of Australia. The category five cyclone caused enormous damage… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 02-Apr-15

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NH90 acquisition criticised as NZ use Seasprite for Vanuatu aid flights

NH90 acquisition criticised as NZ use Seasprite for Vanuatu aid flights

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says the difficulties in using the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s helicopters in cyclone-hit Vanuatu shows the Government needs to be very careful in making its next military purchases. See Full Story

Source: The New Zealand Herald, 01-Apr-15

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Profile – Heli Glenorchy in New Zealand

Profile – Heli Glenorchy in New Zealand

Start-up businesses are tapping into untouched ventures in Glenorchy, boosting the Otago town’s tourism. See Full Story

Source: Stuff, 30-Mar-15

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Register Update – New Zealand – February 2015

Register Update – New Zealand – February 2015

This news item is part of the HeliHub.com “Register Updates” series, listing helicopters which have been added to a particular national register, removed from it or the listed owner has changed. Our coverage represents the majority of registration and owner changes within the global civilian helicopter fleet. Most updates are weekly or monthly, although some… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Mar-15

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Seasprites Formally Handed over to NZ Defence Force

Seasprites Formally Handed over to NZ Defence Force

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) officially accepted ownership of the new Seasprite SH-2G(I) helicopters from Kaman Aerospace in a ceremony at Royal New Zealand Air Force Base Auckland this morning. There are three new Seasprites at Base Auckland and the remaining five will be delivered by September. The new SH-2G(I) replaces the SH-2G model… Read more »

Source: NZDF, 13-Mar-15

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13-Mar-15 ZK-IWL Robinson R44 French Pass, New Zealand (1F)

Heilcopter struck wires crossing an 800m wide sea inlet known as French Pass between D’Urville Island and the mainland.  Sole occupant pilot named as Ian John Simcox, 65, from Blenheim was killed

13-Mar-15

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Rolls-Royce, Composite helicopters sign RR300 MOU

Rolls-Royce, Composite helicopters sign RR300 MOU

Rolls-Royce and Composite Helicopters International Ltd., an emerging New Zealand helicopter manufacturer, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to place the RR300 engine into Composite Helicopter’s new KC630 composite helicopter manufactured using their patented EvoStrength™ technology. Rolls-Royce and Composite Helicopters will also work toward placing Rolls-Royce M250 engine variants into future Composite Helicopter platforms. The RR300… Read more »

Source: Rolls-Royce, 04-Mar-15

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26-Feb-15 Robinson R22 Akitio, New Zealand

“Landed in a tree”.   Pilot was able to climb out of the helicopter and down from the tree to phone for help.

26-Feb-15

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Australia and New Zealand ground R44s with C016-7 “Dash 7” blades

Australia and New Zealand ground R44s with C016-7 “Dash 7” blades

Australia and New Zealand have prohibited Robinson R44 helicopters from further flight if they are fitted with main rotor blades with reference C016-7.  This follows the fatal accident of an R44 in New Zealand last week from the fleet of Over The Top Helicopters, which killed one of their instructors and his 18 year old… Read more »

23-Feb-15

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19-Feb-15 ZK-IPY Robinson R44 Queenstown, New Zealand (2F)

Fatalities named in the press as Stephen Anthony Nicholson Combe, aged 42, of Wanaka, and James Louis Patterson Gardner, aged 18, of Queenstown

19-Feb-15

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Register Update – New Zealand – January 2015

Register Update – New Zealand – January 2015

This news item is part of the HeliHub.com “Register Updates” series, listing helicopters which have been added to a particular national register, removed from it or the listed owner has changed. Our coverage represents the majority of registration and owner changes within the global civilian helicopter fleet. Most updates are weekly or monthly, although some… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Feb-15

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Composite Helicopters plans three models, and will take two to Heli-Expo

Composite Helicopters plans three models, and will take two to Heli-Expo

Composite Helicopters International has announced its intention to certify its composite helicopters by filing a Type Certification application with the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority.  This marks the end of the first phase of their development program, and opens an opportunity for further expansion of the NZCAA/FAA Bi-lateral Airworthiness Agreement which will allow for follow-on… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Feb-15

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10-Feb-15 ZK-HXJ CHR Safari Te Awamutu, New Zealand

Loss of power on climb out – cleared powerlines and put helicopter down heavily in a paddock.  Helicopter had completed three short flights in the previous hour without incident.  Pilot Bruce Belfield not injured, but passenger was hospitalized.

10-Feb-15

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Famous film director makes controversial bid for Helipro Wellington base

Famous film director makes controversial bid for Helipro Wellington base

Director James Cameron is looking to expand his New Zealand empire by taking over the Helipro site on the Wellington waterfront. See Full Story

Source: Stuff, 09-Feb-15

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05-Feb-15 ZK-IQQ MD Helicopters MD500D Marlborough, New Zealand

Firefighting helicopter crashed while filling bucket in very shallow river. pilot Neal Andrews walked away unscathed

05-Feb-15

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NZ tour operators in conflict

NZ tour operators in conflict

Strained relations between two Queenstown tourism operators came under the spotlight in the Environment Court yesterday. See Full Story

Source: ODT, 28-Jan-15

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New Zealand helicopter pilot admits aviation breaches

New Zealand helicopter pilot admits aviation breaches

A Canterbury helicopter pilot has admitted three breaches of the Civil Aviation Act and faces sentencing in the Christchurch District Court in April. See Full Story

Source: Stuff, 16-Jan-15

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Rescue helicopters trial blood transfusions

Rescue helicopters trial blood transfusions

Auckland’s rescue helicopters can now administer blood transfusions to critically-injured people at the scene of accidents or en route to hospital. See Full Story

Source: Radionz, 23-Dec-14

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A109LUH and NH90 fleets come together in RNZAF 3 Squadron

A109LUH and NH90 fleets come together in RNZAF 3 Squadron

A ceremony to mark the change of command of the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s 3 Squadron took place at RNZAF Base Ohakea today. The change of command parade also marked the integration of the Helicopter Transition Unit (HTU) into 3 Squadron, bringing the entire rotary wing transport force together under the 3 Squadron banner…. Read more »

Source: RNZAF, 23-Dec-14

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