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Leonardo to upgrade Portuguese Navy Lynxes

Leonardo to upgrade Portuguese Navy Lynxes

Leonardo announced at Farnborough International Air Show it recently received a contract award notification for the avionics and engine upgrade of five Lynx Mk95 helicopters currently in service with the Portuguese Navy. The contract is expected to be signed in the coming few weeks. Leonardo welcomes this further recognition of the outstanding naval & modern… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 13-Jul-16

Portuguese town council refuses heliport use for offshore work

Portuguese town council refuses heliport use for offshore work

The Portuguese town of Loulé has rejected a request for their municipal heliport to be used as a gateway to support oil and gas exploration off the country’s Algarve coastline. The request was to use the heliport for night flights from a period of at least 45 days starting in September and at times when… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Jun-16

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08-Aug-15 CS-HIA Airbus AS350B3 Lapa, Portugal

Positioning flight back to base at low level when it crashed and was written off

08-Aug-15

16-Jul-15 D-HCOL Airbus AS350B2 Portugal

Aerial electrical cable collision following water discharge during fire-fighting operation. The pilot managed to immediately land the helicopter. Initial assessment reveals bucket, helicopter tail and one main rotor blade damage.

16-Jul-15

29-Jun-15 CS-HMH Airbus AS350B3 Lamoso, Portugal

Crashed into water during firefighting operations and sank

29-Jun-15

Russian helicopters boost European fire defences

Russian helicopters boost European fire defences

Rotorcrafts produced by Russian Helicopters (part of State Corporation Rostec) are actively involved in fire-fighting operations in Spain, Portugal, and other countries within Europe. The multirole Ka-32A11BC is the only coaxial helicopter capable of reaching the scene of the blaze in record time and delivering about 5 tonnes of water to extinguish the fire. The… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 18-Jun-15

Turbomeca to support engines on Portuguese AW101 fleet

Turbomeca to support engines on Portuguese AW101 fleet

Turbomeca (Safran), Portuguese Air Force (Força Aérea Portuguesa) and DEFLOC (Locação de Equipamentos de Defesa, S.A.) have signed at the Paris Air Show, signed in the presence of the Portuguese Secretary of State, Assistant to The Minister of National Defense, Mrs Berta Cabral, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to support the Portuguese RTM322-powered EH101 fleet…. Read more »

Source: Turbomeca, 18-Jun-15

Vector demonstrates flexibility in Portuguese Lynx programme

Vector demonstrates flexibility in Portuguese Lynx programme

Vector Aerospace’s world leading position for maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of the Lynx military helicopter has been further underlined by a programme conducted at the company’s Fleetlands facility in Gosport, Hampshire and the Portuguese Navy Squadron based in Lisbon. The initial project involved one of the Portuguese Mk.95 Lynx, being inducted into Fleetlands for… Read more »

Source: Vector, 11-May-15

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04-Dec-14 CS-HFD Schweizer 300CBi Ponte de Sor, Portugal (2F)

Crashed on training flight, killing Portuguese instructor and Angolan student

04-Dec-14

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All regulatory hurdles cleared for Avincis sale to Babcock

All regulatory hurdles cleared for Avincis sale to Babcock

Babcock International Group PLC (“Babcock”), the UK’s leading engineering support services company, announced today it has received approvals from the Spanish Council of the National Markets and Competition Commission and the Portuguese Competition Authority in respect of the acquisition of the Avincis Group. All conditions to completion of such acquisition have therefore been satisfied. Completion… Read more »

Source: Avincis Group, 27-Apr-14

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INAER Portugal flew 760 emergencies in 2013

INAER Portugal flew 760 emergencies in 2013

INAER Portugal has been flying missions for the National Health Service (INEM) since 2000, transporting seriously ill patients by helicopter, either to hospital or between hospitals. In 2013, INAER Portugal carried out 760 medical emergencies missions (HEMS) of INAER Portugal, in which 669 patients with varying pathologies were helped.  The company flew 1,239 hours carrying… Read more »

Source: INAER, 04-Mar-14

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18-Dec-13 CS-HEX Eurocopter EC120 Marmelete, Portugal (1F)

Struck powerlines while surveying them for energy company Energias de Portugal.  Helicopter crashed into a wooded area.  1 fatal, 2 serious.

18-Dec-13

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Portugal – Culatra helipad sparks full report

Portugal – Culatra helipad sparks full report

The League for the Protection of Nature was particularly miffed at the politicians standing around while the concrete slab was laid without any permission.  See full story

Source: Algarve Daily News, 10-Oct-13

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Portugal celebrates 50 years of the Alouette III

Portugal celebrates 50 years of the Alouette III

[Electronic translation] On April 20 was held in the premises of 552 Squadron“HORNETS”, based on the Air Base No. 11 , in Beja, the event commemorating the 50 years of operation of the helicopterALOUETTE III This event, which aimed to mark this milestone, brought together several generations of soldiers who worked and are working with the weapons system… Read more »

Source: Portuguese AF, 30-Apr-13

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Portuguese AW101 sets new SAR distance record

Portuguese AW101 sets new SAR distance record

[Electronic Translation from Norwegian]  A Portuguese AW101 helicopter has set a new record. It saved a man at a distance of 360 nautical mil, which is 670 km. In February this year capsized the Portuguese sailor Javier Sanso when he participated in the Vendee Globe solo race. This happened about the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 10-Apr-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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Bond/INAER parent company renames as Avincis; based in UK

Bond/INAER parent company renames as Avincis; based in UK

Avincis Mission Critical Services (Avincis Group) has established itself in the UK today as the world’s leading provider of mission critical aviation services. The Group’s mission is to save lives, protect the environment and provide safe transport for mission critical people and assets for public services and blue chip corporations.  Avincis’ operating companies deliver across… Read more »

Source: Avincis Group, 16-Oct-12

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03-Sep-12 CS-HMO Kamov Ka32A Ourém, Portugal

Piloted by Commander Paulo Loureiro and the co-pilot Diogo Cabral – and involved in firefighting when it crashed.

03-Sep-12

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Portugal cancels NH90 order

Portugal cancels NH90 order

The Portuguese Ministry of Defence has suspended participation in the NH90 program and will no longer take delivery of the ten they had ordered.  The fleet was intended for the Portuguese Army, and were the TTH (Tactical Trasport Helicopter) variant.  The cancellation is believed to be driven by budgetary cost savings. The NH90 acquisition was… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Jul-12

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BBA Aviation ERO appoints regional manager for UK, Spain, Ireland, Portugal

BBA Aviation ERO appoints regional manager for UK, Spain, Ireland, Portugal

Lisa Cooper has been appointed Regional Sales Manager for BBA Aviation Engine Repair and Overhaul (ERO). Cooper will provide sales coverage for the United Kingdom, Spain, Ireland and Portugal. She is a 20-year veteran of H+S Aviation Ltd, a BBA Aviation ERO company. “Lisa has worked in customer service at H+S for 20 years,” commented… Read more »

Source: BBA Aviation, 28-Jun-12

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Portugal’s 751 Squadron passes landmark 2,751 rescues

Portugal’s 751 Squadron passes landmark 2,751 rescues

Portugal’s 751 Squadron, responsible for the country’s SAR helicopters, had achieved a milestone 2,751 rescues.  The key rescue was made in the Azores chain of islands in the Atlantic on 20th May when they transported a pregnant woman from the island of Graciosa to a hospital at Angra do Heroísmo on the island of Terceira. … Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-May-12

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Part 147 Certification for INAER Helicopter Portugal

Part 147 Certification for INAER Helicopter Portugal

The Portuguese National Civil Aviation Institute (INAC) has granted INAER Part 147 certification, which accredits the company as an organisation authorised for the training of aeronautical maintenance technicians. INAER Helicopter Portugal can, from now on, provide training courses and carry out the corresponding tests and exams for students who want to qualify as Aeronautical Maintenance… Read more »

Source: INAER, 25-Apr-12

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Stirling Square invests €40M in Omni Helicopters

Stirling Square invests €40M in Omni Helicopters

Stirling Square Capital Partners [“Stirling Square”], the pan-European private equity firm focused on transformational cross-border transactions, today announced a €40m growth capital investment into Portugal-based Omni Helicopters International S.A. [“Omni” or “the Company”]. Based in Lisbon, Omni is the helicopter services specialist that was recently de-merged from the broader aviation group Omni Aviação SGPS S.A.;… Read more »

Source: Stirling Square, 29-Nov-11

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18-Oct-11 CS-HFJ Bell 212 Golfar, Portugal

Helicopter ended up upside down, but with the cabin and boom looking reasonably intact – certainly tail boom is complete and tail rotor blades do not appear damaged

18-Oct-11

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Helitech cancels 2012 event in Portugal

Helitech cancels 2012 event in Portugal

Helitech organisers confirmed to HeliHub.com at Duxford that they are not going to be running an event in Portugal in 2012 as previously planned. The poor economic situation is cited as the main reason, particularly as both Portugal and Spain form part of the “PIGS” countries.  This acronym coined by the financial media brings together… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Oct-11

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Portuguese startup operator buys Dauphin and Phenom jet

Portuguese startup operator buys Dauphin and Phenom jet

Everjets, part of clothing company Ricon Group, has recently bought Dauphin G-DPHN.  It was previously operated in the UK by Starspeed for a Surrey-based owner who had upgraded from a Twin Squirrel. The Dauphin currently remains on the Britsh “G” register.  Everjets is a startup operator whose name appeared in May of this year at… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Sep-11

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Portugal reaffirms NH90 acquisition

Portugal reaffirms NH90 acquisition

General Jose Pinto Ramalho, the Chief of Army Staff, reiterated this week the acquisition of ten medium helicopters ‘NH90’ by the Portuguese Government, a purchase valued at around 130 million euros, which includes maintenance for ten years. [file photo]

27-May-11

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Heliportugal AW139 supports royal visit

Heliportugal AW139 supports royal visit

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that a Heliportugal AW139 medium twin helicopter was used to support the visit of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales in Portugal on March 31st. The aircraft took off from Air Base No6 Montijo bound for the airfield at Evora. The helicopter later transferred the 13… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 04-Apr-11

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Portuguese operator EMA marks 5,000 hours of Ka32 operations

Portuguese operator EMA marks 5,000 hours of Ka32 operations

On last January 16, 2011, EMA (Empresa de Aerial Media, Ltd) marked 5,000 hours with their Ka32 fleet – Kamov 32A11BC, registration CS-HMM, was the actual helicopter which flew the milestone , under the command of pilot  José Mendes, co-pilot Joana Santos and winch operator Bruno Martins.  This achievement comes after only three years of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Feb-11

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10-Jan-11 CS-HFP Eurocopter AS350B2 Corroios, Portugal

Camera operator and the pilot suffered minor injuries. AS350 was operating for television station TVI.  Location was a field adjacent to the A2 motorway

10-Jan-11

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Portugal: Loulé town hall approves €800,000 heliport expansion

Portugal: Loulé town hall approves €800,000 heliport expansion

A new building will be constructed at the site for staff who provide support to the heliport for the protection and rescue operations, namely the emergency medical helicopter which has a 24 hour team.

Source: Portugal News, 25-Oct-10

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United Helicopter Services brings together operators in France, Brazil, Portugal and Turkey

United Helicopter Services brings together operators in France, Brazil, Portugal and Turkey

HeliPortugal, SAF Helicopters of France, Santay Air of Turkey and Brazilian operator HeliBarra have joined forces to grab greater global attention in the markets they serve and get the benefit of economies of scale enjoyed by their larger competitors

Source: Shephard Group, 10-Oct-10

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Bureaucracy prevents Portuguese air ambulance landing at Douro heliport

Bureaucracy prevents Portuguese air ambulance landing at Douro heliport

Helipad at the Port is ready for nearly half a year but still lacks approval of the board of Instituto Nacional de Emergência Médica (INEM)

Source: Sapo, 10-Oct-10

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Vinair takes delivery of its first GrandNew

Vinair takes delivery of its first GrandNew

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica Company, is pleased to announce that Vinair Aeroserviços S.A. of Portugal has taken delivery of its first GrandNew light twin helicopter. This aircraft will be used to perform public transport operations. Vinair Aeroserviços S.A. was the first customer for the GrandNew, an evolution of the highly successful Grand helicopter. Vinair Aeroserviços S.A…. Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 07-Oct-10

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Mayor of Cascais to open Helitech 2010

Mayor of Cascais to open Helitech 2010

The Mayor of Cascais will officially open Helitech’s second exhibition in Portugal, which takes place next week from 5th to 7th October at Airport Cascais, near Estoril. Mr António d’Orey Capucho, the Mayor of Cascais, visited the event when it was first held in Portugal in 2008. The Mayor is expected to tour some of… Read more »

Source: Helitech, 02-Oct-10

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Portuguese AW101 fleet achieves combined 10,000 flying hours

Portuguese AW101 fleet achieves combined 10,000 flying hours

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, congratulates the Portuguese Air Force (PoAF) on achieving the milestone of 10,000 flying hours with its AW101 medium/heavy three engine helicopter fleet whilst performing search and rescue and fishery protection duties. This achievement was celebrated last Friday at Montijo Air Base, where the Portuguese AW101 fleet is based. General Araújo, the… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 17-Jul-10

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06-Jul-10 D-HAFL Bell B205 Paranho Besteiros, Portugal

Main blades hit tree during firefighting ops

06-Jul-10

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Helitech Portugal to focus on training, safety, and aerial firefighting

Helitech Portugal to focus on training, safety, and aerial firefighting

Helitech Portugal’s inaugural conference will lift off with a session about how the industry is working ‘Towards consistent simulator standards’, led by the Helicopter International Working Group. As flying hours become increasingly expensive, helicopter operators are investing more than ever in simulators as a reliable alternative. Consequently, not only are the simulators expected to provide… Read more »

Source: Helitech, 25-Jun-10

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Portugal’s Vinair Orders Two New AgustaWestland Grands

Portugal’s Vinair Orders Two New AgustaWestland Grands

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica Company, is pleased to announce that Vinair Aeroserviços S.A. of Portugal has signed a contract for two Grand New light twin engine helicopters. Vinair Aeroserviços S.A. is the launching customer for the Grand New, an evolution of the highly successful Grand helicopter, and these two aircraft will be used for corporate transport… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 22-Feb-10

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Heliavia campaigns for new Lisbon executive aviation facility

Portugal’s Heliavia is lobbying for Lisbon airport to provide a new full service dedicated executive terminal. The company’s gm Vitoria Henriques says that it has taken the matter up several times without success.

Source: EBAN, 12-Nov-09

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Portuguese Air Force Pumas mark 40 years of service

The Pumas of 752 Squadron, Portuguese Air Force have celebrated 40 years of service and 70,000 flight hours.

Source: Rotorhub, 11-Oct-09

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Study disputes purchase of EMS helicopters in Portugal

The three helicopters promised by INEM, in 2007, in return for closing the emergency, should be operational by the end of the year. An Institute study concludes, however, that there is no need to extend the service.

Source: Jornal de Noticias, 30-Sep-09

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Omni Group plans to add sixth base and two Sikorsky S76C++

Source: EBAN, 14-Aug-09

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HeliAtlantis replaces AS350 with Robinson R44 for Madeira tour flights

Source: Jornalda Madeira, 29-Jun-09

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HeliAtlantis to present new helicopter on Saturday in Funchal, Madeira

Source: Jornala Madeira, 25-Jun-09

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13-Jun-09 CS-HFB Bell B206 Alvoco da Serra, Portugal

13-Jun-09 CS-HFB Bell B206 Alvoco da Serra, Portugal

13-Jun-09

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AgustaWestland Opens New Regional Business Headquarters In Portugal

Source: AgustaWestland, 19-May-09

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PHOTO OF THE DAY: Firefighting Ka32 in Portugal

Source: Airliners.net, 13-May-09

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INEM to start EMS operations on Portugal’s Bragança district from June

Source: Imprensa Regional, 06-Mar-09

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PlaneSayling Aviation Appointed as Sikorsky Sales Representative and Announces Territorial Expansion

Source: Rotorhub, 21-Feb-09

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AgustaWestland And CEIIA Sign R&D, Design And Engineering Contract

AgustaWestland And CEIIA Sign R&D, Design And Engineering Contract

Source: AgustaWestland, 22-Dec-08

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AgustaWestland Forms Portuguese Subsidiary And Signs AW101 Support Contract

AgustaWestland Forms Portuguese Subsidiary And Signs AW101 Support Contract

Source: AgustaWestland, 01-Aug-08

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