Philippines-based charter operator GCA Skyline Aviation Inc. welcomed its first H130 in early July. Currently operating a H125, the new H130 will be immediately operational to perform similar commercial missions, including VIP transport and tourism for GCA Skyline. “As a fast growing company, we look to the most efficient and reliable aircraft to expand our… Read more »
Chailease, a Taiwanese financial institution, has decided to finance PhilJets Group’s fifth Airbus H130 helicopter in order to create a partnership between the two companies. Chailease Regional Manager, Alexander Tang has commented that by creating this partnership, they will be able to tap into “local markets.” The announcement of this decision was made at the… Read more »
Encountered engine trouble while on a landing approach inside the headquarters of the Philippine Army’s 2nd Infantry Divisiion in Sitio Hilltop, Barangay Sampaloc, Camp Capinpin in Tanay. Helicopter crashed and burned out in a wooded area The helicopter was taking part in a disaster rescue operation training course involving 60 soldiers from the 2nd Infantry… Read more »
Further cementing its position to become the international leader for the growing pre-owned helicopter market, Rotortrade Services, the independent multi-brand helicopter brokerage service company and exclusive global distributor of Leonardo’s pre-owned helicopters, enters into a strategic partnership with the PhilJets Group and its major shareholder Starline Global Industries to access the Philippine and Cambodian markets…. Read more »
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 »
PhilJets in its objective to continue develop aerospace, aviation and tourism in the Philippines while contributing to develop the image of the country to the world, is pursuing its growth. Before the year ends, Philjets ordered two new helicopters and is currently awaiting for its delivery this December and first quarter of next year respectively…. Read more »
HNZ Group Inc. (TSX: HNZ) (the “Corporation”), an international provider of helicopter transportation and related support services, announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary, HNZ New Zealand Limited, has entered into an offshore oil and gas helicopter support contract with Shell Philippines Exploration, BV (“SPEX”). Shell has awarded HNZ a five year extension to its existing… Read more »
MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) welcomes Kuala Lumpur-based Sapura Aero as an authorized representative serving the South East Asian countries (ASEAN) of Malaysia, Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. As an authorized independent sales representative within the ASEAN region, Sapura Aero will offer the full range of MDHI’s commercial helicopter… Read more »
Finmeccanica has been awarded a contract, valued at over 100 million euros, to supply the Philippine Navy with two AgustaWestland AW159 helicopters. The aircraft will be built and delivered from the Finmeccanica Helicopter Division’s Yeovil plant, in the United Kingdom, in 2018. The order includes training and multi-year support and adds to those by the… Read more »
The Philippine News Agency, a government department, has issued the following statement – noting that PHP37,507,894.33 translates today to US$ 801320.53 To ensure the maximum efficiency and mission-readiness of all its available aircraft, the Philippine Air Force (PAF) has allocated the sum of PHP37,507,894.33 for the acquisition of additional spare parts for its AgustaWestland AW-109… Read more »
PhilJets, the fast-growing boutique aviation company in the Philippines, signed a Bell 505 letter of intent (LOI) for its client under management contract. The company will be operating the four-passenger-seat, single-engine, turbine helicopter that will be outfitted for corporate and VIP transport, adding as a middle-size option to travel across the region. Founder and CEO… Read more »
VIH Aerospace (VIHA –www.vihaerospace.com), a leading provider of global helicopter maintenance, manufacturing, repair and overhaul (MMRO) services (also exhibiting at Heli-Expo Booth # 1209) will take part in a Canadian trade delegation to Asia from February 7-20th, 2016, as part of a contingent of leading aerospace companies operating in British Columbia, Canada. The focus for… Read more »
PhilJets Group has placed an order with Airbus Helicopters for one brand new H130 light helicopter, scheduled for delivery in June 2016. PhilJets through its parents company, Starline Global Industries, already placed an order for an H130 last year and is renewing its confidence in this helicopter type to boost the expansion of its operations… Read more »
GrabTaxi, Southeast Asia’s largest land transport brand, on Tuesday teamed up with PhilJets Group to offer an air taxi service before the end of the year in a bid to provide an alternative solution to the heavy traffic in Metro Manila. See full story.
The Philippine Senate has agreed to update the proposed 2016 budget of the Philippine National Police (PNP) by 11 million Pesos to refurbish a pair of R44s purchased in 2009 but have been grounded for several years as they were subject of a court case. The PNP actually acquired three R44s in 2009, but they… Read more »
PhilJets Group has placed an order with Airbus Helicopters Southeast Asia for the acquisition of one brand new Airbus Helicopters H130 (formerly EC130T2) scheduled for delivery in early 2016. This helicopter will be operated by PhilJets Aero Charter Corp, the group air transport subsidiary, in order to sustain its activities growth. With this helicopter acquisition,… Read more »
BellHelicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today announced the final delivery and acceptance of eight Bell 412EP helicopters to the Philippine Department of National Defense (DND). The final delivery was acknowledged earlier today during the flag raising ceremony at the Villamor Air Base. “We are proud to deliver the final of eight Bell 412EP… Read more »
The US-based supplier for a P1.2 billion helicopter contract with the military has accused the whistleblower in the supposed anomalies in the deal of extortion, and alleged that whenever she failed to get what she wanted, she made things difficult for the company.See Full Story.
8 POB and photos show helicopter crashed in mountainous area and completely destroyed – some reports such as this one state the weather was “heavy rain and thick fog”. This news item has a video report from the crash scene Pilot Felicisimo Taborlupa was killed in the accident, and Archimedes “Archie” King, founder and owner… Read more »
Erickson Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC), a leading global provider of aviation services, announced today that the company has contracted with Cavite Ideal International Construction and Development Corporation (Cavdeal) and Asia Aircraft Overseas Philippines (AAOP) to provide heavy-lift aviation services in support of the Angat Dam project in the Norzagaray Municipality in Bulacan Province, Central Luzon Island, Philippines…. Read more »
Philippine military press office stated “We also commend the heroic pilots of MG MD-520 attack helicopter that was hit by enemy fire while providing close air support to the ground troops which were swarmed by the bandits,”. Safe emergency landing made in confined area with no further damage apparent from photo
2014 has been a particularly active year for PhilJets Group and its team. Created only 2 years ago, the company benefited from high and intense growth, which allowed an important development of both activities and projects. The delivery of the new EC130T2 helicopter on March 2014 has underlinedPhilJets’s wish to reinforce its services in chartering… Read more »
The Court of Appeals has cleared two officials of the Philippine National Police, Roman Loreto and Emilando Villafuerte, who were dismissed from the service following their alleged involvement in the irregular purchase of helicopters. See Full Story
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced that the Republic of the Philippines complies with international safety standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and has been granted a Category 1 rating. The country previously held a Category 1 rating until January 2008, when it was downgraded to a… Read more »
The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, today announced that Canada has signed a US$105-million contract with the Philippines to supply eight specialized helicopters manufactured by Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Ltd. The contract was negotiated under a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Canadian Commercial Corporation and the Philippines’ Department of National Defense. Prime… Read more »
Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), and Air Juan signed a purchase agreement Tuesday for a Bell 429 in a wheeled landing gear (WLG) configuration. This aircraft is the first WLG configuration to be sold into the Philippines. Air Juan, which is based in the Philippines, will use the aircraft for corporate travel… Read more »
AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce an order by the Republic of Korea’s Public Procurement Service and Chungnam Fire Fighting Department, for one AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopter. This helicopter will perform fire fighting, search and rescue, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and utility mission in support of the Chungnam community . The helicopter… Read more »
AAR Airlift employees, assisting U.S. Department of Defense humanitarian relief efforts following the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan, have transported key personnel and delivered 250,000 pounds of food, water and medical supplies to remote areas in support of the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC). The storm affected approximately 9.5 million people and ignited a five-week… Read more »
In September 2013, HNZ embarked on a new multi-year contract in the Philippines in support of the Malampaya Deep Water Gas-to-Power Project. A single AW139 helicopter was contracted to Shell Global Solutions International B.V. to provide crew change helicopter services from Manila and Puerto Princesa to Shell’s offshore petroleum platform. That helicopter is shown in… Read more »
Just before Christmas, a red and white Bell 429 arrived in the Philippines at the facility of Hawker Pacific Asia. This is serial 57155 and will be delivered shortly to Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company to replace their Bell 427. The company also operates a Bell 430 and an AgustaWestland AW139. The 429 is reportedly… Read more »
Three AW109E have arrived for the Philippine Navy, with a further two to follow in the first quarter of 2014. See full story File photo. HeliHub.com understands these three are AW serial numbers 11808, 11809 and 11810
Helicopter carrying relief supplies crashed into Manila Bay. Two occupants – named here as Captain Irene Dornier and Captain James Eagles – both rescued by US Marines involved in the post-typhoon relief effort
Four additional MV-22B Ospreys have deployed from Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Japan, to support Operation Damayan, a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operation in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan. As of yesterday, 129,000 pounds of relief supplies had been distributed, and hundreds of displaced persons had been relocated to the Philippine capital of Manila,… Read more »
Comfirming the story we ran on HeliHub.com on 31st October, here is AW’s official release:- AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the Philippine Air Force has signed a contract for eight AW109 Power light twin-engine helicopters. These aircraft will be used to perform a range of duties including homeland security, armed reconnaissance… Read more »
Defense Assistant Secretary Patrick Velez said the Air Force would be getting eight 109 Power attack helicopters with .50 caliber machine guns and rocket launchers. See full story HeliHub.com team considers this may mean 109LUH models?
HNZ recently embarked on the first flight of a multi-year contract in the Philippines in support of the Malampaya Deep Water Gas-to-Power Project. The AW139 helicopter is contracted to Shell Global Solutions International B.V. to provide crew change helicopter services from Manila and Puerto Princesa to Shell’s offshore petroleum platform. The contract, which commenced on… Read more »
EMergency landing on shoreline shortly after take-off. Pilot Capt. Dino Garcia and passengers Decoroso Asinas, and Efipanio Pinca suffered minor injuries while the last passenger Andre Abalon suffered serious head injuries after being struck by the rotor blades
AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce the signing of a contract with the Philippine Navy for three AW109 Power maritime helicopters plus two options. The helicopters will be used for a wide range of naval missions including economic zone protection, surface surveillance, SAR and maritime security. The aircraft will be delivered in 2014… Read more »
PZL-Świdnik, an AgustaWestland company, is pleased to announce that the last two of eight Sokol helicopters have been delivered to the Philippine Air Force. The Sokols were transported from Lublin Airport to Clark Air Base near Manila on board an An-124 Ruslan large cargo airplane. The two Sokol helicopters follow the six aircraft delivered to… Read more »
Three MV-22B Osprey aircraft with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force, based out of Okinawa, Japan, arrived in Puerto Princesa, Palawan on Jan. 22 to conduct bilateral training with elements of the Philippine Air Force. “The flights we are conducting are important for our… Read more »
PZL-Świdnik, an AgustaWestland company, is pleased to announce that the second batch of Sokol helicopters in combat utility configuration has been delivered to the Philippine Air Force. The two additional helicopters follow the four Sokols delivered by PZL-Świdnik to the customer in February 2012. The second batch of Sokols are part of a contract signed… Read more »
The inter-agency Government Procurement Policy Board (GPPB) has rejected a request by the Department of National Defense (DND) to acquire 10 attack helicopters from France through negotiated procurement. (see full story) We assume these would be Tiger helicopters
One of the highlight presentations of the Tangent Link POLICE AVIATION event held in the Prince Hotel & Residence in central Kuala Lumpur this week was that given by Police Senior Superintendent Joselito F Salido of the Philippine National Police [PNP]. During times when it seems few worthwhile sales opportunities are to be found in the law… Read more »
Emergency landing into water 1m deep while on search for light aircraft – one of whose occupants was Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo. Â Â The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) identified the five people on board the helicopter as Navy pilots Lt. Rowene Colita, Lt. Jg. Nelson Alquiza, co-pilot; AD3 (Aviation Machinest-3) Rodrigo Gernale, AD2 Leo Calmante… Read more »
Canadian Helicopters Group Inc. (TSX:CHL.A CHL.B) (the “Company”), an international provider of helicopter transportation and related support services, announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Helicopters (NZ) Limited (“HNZ”) has entered into an offshore oil and gas helicopter support contract with Shell Global Solutions International B.V. (“Shell”). Beginning in September 2013 , HNZ will provide crew… Read more »
The Philippine Air Force recently announced during the Air Power Symposium 2012 held at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia in Pasay City that it will take delivery of a further 25 helicopters before the end of 2012.Â The statement is believed to be part of its preparation for the forthcoming 65th PAF anniversary… Read more »
Charges were filed on Wednesday 6th against Jose Miguel “Mike” Arroyo, former National Police chief Jesus Verzosa, a businessman, and 19 retired and active police officers over the sale of second-hand R44s to the Philippine National Police. (see full story) see earlier HeliHub.com story – Controversy surrounds R44 acquisition by Philippine National Police
PZLâ€“Åšwidnik SA, an AgustaWestland company, is pleased to announce that the first four Sokol helicopters for the Philippine Air Force were officially handed over to Voltaire Tuvera Gazmin, Secretary of National Defense, by MieczysÅ‚aw Majewski, President of PZL-Åšwidnik, during a ceremony held today at Clark Air Base 40 miles northwest of Manila. The aircraft will… Read more »
More sea and air assets will soon be seen in stations of the Philippine Coast Guard as P1.6 billion will be earmarked for the acquisitions of equipment to boost the maritime agencyâ€™s search and rescue capabilities. Transportation and Communications Secretary Mar Roxas said the additional fund, which was directed by President Benigno S. Aquino III,… Read more »
Across the industry we have seen different signs of the global recession affecting us in many different ways. One of the most tangible demonstrations of this is in new helicopter production, something that HeliHub.com monitors closely. One of the helicopter types we have identified is the piston-engined Enstrom 280FX. The most recent serial number was… Read more »
The Philippine National Police “PNP” have a total of three Robinson R44 helicopters, acquired in 2009. These consist of two Raven Is and one Raven II, and the PNP believed at the time that they were all being acquired factory-new. A big national controversy has been raised in recent weeks after it turned out that… Read more »
AgustaWestland subsidiary PZL Swidnik will deliver four W-3A Sokol transport helicopters to the Philippines by November this year, with another four in the second quarter of 2012.Â The air force is also contemplating major avionics upgrades to its MD 520 light attack helicopters.
Hoping to boost the countryâ€™s capacity to respond to sea tragedies, the Aquino government has allotted P1.6 billion for the Philippine Coast Guard to acquire two new choppers equipped for SAR operations and other functions.
CasiÃ±o said it was suspicious that 5 of the 6 interested bidders backed out of the bidding process. These included such big names in the industry like Boeing,Â Asia Aerospace/MD Helicopter Inc., Eurocopter,Â Elbit System/Joavi Phils. andÂ the Russian Federation.
The entire fleet of Philippine Air Force UH-1Hs has been grounded by following the incident last Friday wherein one of their choppers was engulfed in flames after making an emergency landing in Ilocos Norte (details here)
Lieutenant-General Oscar Rabena said the airforce would get 15 combat utility and night-capable helicopters, 10 refurbished UH-1H helicopters, a long-range maritime patrol plane, a refurbished C-130 transport, basic trainer jets and long-range radar systems.