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Rotortrade Signs A Network Partnership with PhilJets and Starline

Rotortrade Signs A Network Partnership with PhilJets and Starline

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 »

Source: Rotortrade Services, 13-Mar-17

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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Philjets to add another two H130s

Philjets to add another two H130s

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 »

Source: Philjets, 05-Sep-16

Shell Philippines extends HNZ AW139 contract by five years

Shell Philippines extends HNZ AW139 contract by five years

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 »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jun-16

MD Helicopters appoints sales representative for South East Asia

MD Helicopters appoints sales representative for South East Asia

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 »

Source: MD Helicopters, 25-Apr-16

Philippine Navy orders two AgustaWestland AW159s

Philippine Navy orders two AgustaWestland AW159s

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 »

Source: AgustaWestland, 31-Mar-16

Philippines allocates $800K for AW109E spares

Philippines allocates $800K for AW109E spares

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 »

Source: PNA, 15-Mar-16

Philjets orders Bell 505 on behalf of client

Philjets orders Bell 505 on behalf of client

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 »

Source: PhilJets, 23-Feb-16

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VIH Aerospace participates in Canadian Trade Delegation to Asia

VIH Aerospace participates in Canadian Trade Delegation to Asia

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 »

Source: VIH Aerospace, 03-Feb-16

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PhilJets orders another H130, taking fleet to five

PhilJets orders another H130, taking fleet to five

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 »

Source: AS350, 13-Jan-16

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PhilJets works with GrabTaxi app to form GrabHeli

PhilJets works with GrabTaxi app to form GrabHeli

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.

Source: The Standard, 26-Nov-15

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Philippine National Police to overhaul two R44s; EC145 purchase on hold

Philippine National Police to overhaul two R44s; EC145 purchase on hold

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 »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Nov-15

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PhilJets orders an Airbus H130

PhilJets orders an Airbus H130

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 »

Source: PhilJets, 15-Sep-15

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Bell delivers last 412EP to Philippines Air Force

Bell delivers last 412EP to Philippines Air Force

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 »

Source: Bell, 18-Aug-15

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Terminated UH-1 deal spotlights risks in Philippines

Terminated UH-1 deal spotlights risks in Philippines

hen Robert Rice Jr. clinched a deal to sell secondhand military helicopters to the Philippines, it seemed like a golden opportunity to tap a new and potentially lucrative markets. See Full Story

Source: WSJ, 11-Aug-15

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Philippine UH-1 contract goes to court, US supplier alleges extortion

Philippine UH-1 contract goes to court, US supplier alleges extortion

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.

Source: Inquirer.net, 09-Jul-15

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05-Jul-15 RP-C2726 AgustaWestland AW109E Mt. Maculot, Philippines (2F)

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 »

05-Jul-15

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Erickson Secures Philippines Dam Contract Award

Erickson Secures Philippines Dam Contract Award

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 »

Source: Erickson, 21-Apr-15

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Philippines halts contract for 21 Hueys

Philippines halts contract for 21 Hueys

The Philippines has terminated the contract to purchase 21 helicopters worth about P1.2 billion, a Palace official said Friday. See Full Story

Source: Manila Standard Today, 20-Apr-15

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15-Feb-15 461 MD Helicopters MD530 Al-Barka, Philippines

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

15-Feb-15

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PhilJets Group Year 2014 Review

PhilJets Group Year 2014 Review

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 »

Source: Philjets, 13-Feb-15

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Philippines – Police pair cleared in helicopter purchase deals

Philippines – Police pair cleared in helicopter purchase deals

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

Source: MST News, 10-Feb-15

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04-Feb-15 518 Bell UH-1H Camp Evangelista, Philippines

Two POB not seriously injuried in UH-1H crash in which helicopter ended up on its roof in open grass area

04-Feb-15

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7 Sokol helicopters grounded after Marawi crash

7 Sokol helicopters grounded after Marawi crash

Philippine Air Force chief Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Delgado has ordered the grounding of 7 Sokol helicopters following the crash of a similar aircraft in Marawi City on Thursday. See Full Story

Source: ABC-CBN, 11-Aug-14

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07-Aug-14 310921 PZL W-3 Sokol Marawi City, Philippines

Appeared to lose power in hover taxi for take-off  en route to Cagayan de Oro City and lost height, crashing to the ground – see full video

07-Aug-14

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FAA gives top rating to aviation safety standards in Philippines

FAA gives top rating to aviation safety standards in Philippines

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 »

Source: FAA, 10-Apr-14

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Philippines signs for eight Bell 412s

Philippines signs for eight Bell 412s

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 »

Source: Canadian Govt, 31-Mar-14

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Air Juan purchases first Bell 429WLG in Philippines

Air Juan purchases first Bell 429WLG in Philippines

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 »

Source: Bell, 13-Feb-14

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Philippine Navy signs for two more AW109E Powers

Philippine Navy signs for two more AW109E Powers

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 »

Source: AgustaWestland, 11-Feb-14

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AAR Supports Typhoon Haiyan Relief in the Philippines

AAR Supports Typhoon Haiyan Relief in the Philippines

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 »

Source: AAR, 15-Jan-14

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HNZ prepares for second AW139 in Philippines

HNZ prepares for second AW139 in Philippines

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 »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Jan-14

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Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company buys Bell 429

Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company buys Bell 429

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 »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Jan-14

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Philippine Navy receives three AgustaWestland AW109E

Philippine Navy receives three AgustaWestland AW109E

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

16-Dec-13

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06-Dec-13 Bell UH-1H Bagacay, Philippines

Crashed after reportedly developing engine trouble.  Some injuries

06-Dec-13

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24-Nov-13 RP-C3699 Eurocopter Bo105M Hagonoy, Philippines

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

24-Nov-13

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4 more Ospreys deployed to Philippines for typhoon relief missions

4 more Ospreys deployed to Philippines for typhoon relief missions

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 »

Source: USMC, 15-Nov-13

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AgustaWestland confirms Philippine contract for eight AW109 Powers

AgustaWestland confirms Philippine contract for eight AW109 Powers

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 »

Source: AgustaWestland, 06-Nov-13

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Philippine Air Force orders eight AW109s

Philippine Air Force orders eight AW109s

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?

31-Oct-13

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04-Oct-13 Bell UH-1H Balingasag, Philippines

Capt. Christian Uy, spokesperson of the army’s 4th Infantry Division, said that the Huey made an emergency landing in Balingasag Friday morning when the pilot noticed a mechanical malfunction

04-Oct-13

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HNZ offshore contract for Shell Philippines commences

HNZ offshore contract for Shell Philippines commences

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 »

Source: HNZ, 12-Sep-13

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AgustaWestland and Eurocopter show interest in Philippine attack tender

AgustaWestland and Eurocopter show interest in Philippine attack tender

Defense department records show that as of Thursday, only AgustaWestland and Eurocopter have bought the bidding documents for the project. see full story

Source: PhilStar, 15-Jul-13

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19-Jun-13 RP-2045 Robinson R44 Tinglayan, Philippines

A police superintendent, a police pilot and another police officer survived a helicopter crash landing atop a rem ote mountain

19-Jun-13

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07-May-13 RP-C7788 Eurocopter SE313B Barangay Rawis, Philippines

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

07-May-13

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Philippine Navy signs for three AW109 Powers

Philippine Navy signs for three AW109 Powers

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 »

Source: AgustaWestland, 28-Mar-13

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PZL-Świdnik delivers last two W3 Sokols to Philippine Air Force

PZL-Świdnik delivers last two W3 Sokols to Philippine Air Force

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 »

Source: PZL Swidnik, 18-Feb-13

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MV-22s train in the Philippines with local Air Force

MV-22s train in the Philippines with local Air Force

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 »

Source: US Marine Corps, 05-Feb-13

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Philippines Navy orders three AW109E Powers

Philippines Navy orders three AW109E Powers

The Philippine Dept of National Defense has announced an order for three AW109E Powers worth 1, 337,176,584  Philippine Pesos – roughly $32.5M at today’s rates.  See full story

Source: Philippine Star, 01-Jan-13

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Fifth and sixth Sokols delivered to the Philippine Air Force

Fifth and sixth Sokols delivered to the Philippine Air Force

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 »

Source: PZL-Świdnik, 06-Dec-12

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Philippine procurement board blocks attack helicopter purchase

Philippine procurement board blocks attack helicopter purchase

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

Source: Philippine Star, 13-Nov-12

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Philippine National Police look to purchase 15 helicopters

Philippine National Police look to purchase 15 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 »

Source: Police Aviation News, 24-Oct-12

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21-Aug-12 Eurocopter Bo105C Donsol, Philippines

Emergency landing into water 1m deep while on search for light aircraft – one of whose occupants was Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo.   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 »

21-Aug-12

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Helicopters NZ wins AW139 offshore contract in Philippines

Helicopters NZ wins AW139 offshore contract in Philippines

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 »

Source: Canadian Helicopters, 15-Aug-12

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25 helicopters due for Philippine Air Force this year

25 helicopters due for Philippine Air Force this year

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.  The statement is believed to be part of its preparation for the forthcoming 65th PAF anniversary… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 28-Jun-12

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22 face court over Philippine National Police R44 sale

22 face court over Philippine National Police R44 sale

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

Source: Rappler, 07-Jun-12

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First batch of Philippine Air Force Sokols enter service

First batch of Philippine Air Force Sokols enter service

PZL–Świdnik 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 »

Source: AgustaWestland, 12-Mar-12

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11-Mar-12 Bell UH-1H Kitcharao, Philippines

Helicopter was hovering near the ground when it suddenly crashed.

11-Mar-12

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Philippine Coast Guard to add seven helicopters

Philippine Coast Guard to add seven helicopters

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 agency’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 »

Source: Philippine Coast Guard, 29-Jan-12

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Enstrom delivers first 280FX in four years

Enstrom delivers first 280FX in four years

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 »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Oct-11

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01-Oct-11 Bell UH-1H Mount Sinumaan, Philippines (3F)

Reported mechanical problems, crashed onto mountain and rolled for some distance

01-Oct-11

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Controversy surrounds R44 acquisition by Philippine National Police

Controversy surrounds R44 acquisition by Philippine National Police

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 »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Jul-11

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Philippines to receive eight Sokols, looks to upgrade MD 520s

Philippines to receive eight Sokols, looks to upgrade MD 520s

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.  The air force is also contemplating major avionics upgrades to its MD 520 light attack helicopters.

Source: Flightglobal, 31-May-11

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13-Apr-11 Bell Huey II Taytay, Philippines

PAF Spokesman Lt. Col. Miguel Ernesto Okol clarified that the Air Force helicopter did not crash as it just “made a hard landing” as an emergency procedure.

13-Apr-11

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Philippines cancels $73M helicopter procurement

Philippines cancels $73M helicopter procurement

The Philippine government said Tuesday it had cancelled a 73 million dollar deal to buy military helicopters following allegations of collusion with a Polish defense contractor.

Source: Inquirer, 08-Dec-10

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More surplus UH-1s en route to the Philippines

More surplus UH-1s en route to the Philippines

The Philippine air force will receive five used Bell UH-1 transport helicopters under a deal facilitated by the US Army Security Assistance Comman

Source: Flightglobal, 25-Nov-10

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Philippines suspends $90m worth helicopter purchases amid corruption allegations

Philippines suspends $90m worth helicopter purchases amid corruption allegations

Tenders involved PZL Swidnik with a $60 million contract to supply eight combat utility helicopters, and MD Helicopters with six night-capable attack helicopters worth $29 million

Source: Saudi Gazette, 05-Oct-10

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Philippine Coast Guard allocated funds for two helicopters

Philippine Coast Guard allocated funds for two helicopters

Hoping to boost the country’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.

Source: GMA, 20-Sep-10

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Philippine lawmaker sees anomaly in PZL deal

Philippine lawmaker sees anomaly in PZL deal

Casiño 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, Asia Aerospace/MD Helicopter Inc., Eurocopter, Elbit System/Joavi Phils. and the Russian Federation.

Source: ABS-CDS, 18-Sep-10

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Philippine Air Force grounds Huey fleet

Philippine Air Force grounds Huey fleet

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)

Source: Manila Bulletin, 12-Sep-10

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10-Sep-10 Bell UH-1H Barangay Nagrebcan, Philippines

10-Sep-10

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16-Aug-10 411 Eurocopter Bo105 Zamboanga, Philippines (2F)

16-Aug-10

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Philippines airforce to spend $150 mln on upgrades

Philippines airforce to spend $150 mln on upgrades

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.

Source: Reuters AlertNet, 06-Jul-10

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Philippines CAA makes Robinson safety course mandatory

Philippines CAA makes Robinson safety course mandatory

Pilots rated to fly Robinson R-44 and R22 helicopters will be required to undergo a Safety Awareness Seminar on June 7th

Source: Manila Bulletin, 03-Jun-10

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Philippines grounds all Robinsons

Philippines grounds all Robinsons

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) sgrounded 33 R44s and 18 R22s following a fatal R44 accident which killed the four occupants and a fifth person on the ground.

Source: ABS-CBN, 19-May-10

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17-May-10 RP-C2550 Robinson R44 Barangay Iyam, Philippines (5F)

Deceased included Quezon Governor Rafael Nantes and two children, one named as Rowena Navales, 14

17-May-10

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Philippines orders eight W3A Sokols from PZL

Philippines orders eight W3A Sokols from PZL

Philippine Air Force chief Lt. Gen. Oscar Rabena told reporters the eight W-3A Sokol helicopters would cost P3 billion or roughly P375 million each

03-Mar-10

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