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New Zealand orders NH90 flight training device from CAE

New Zealand orders NH90 flight training device from CAE

CAE announced it has been awarded a contract from the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) to provide the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) with a CAE 700MR Series NH90 flight training device (FTD). The contract also includes the provision of long-term maintenance and support services upon delivery of the simulator to RNZAF Base Ohakea… Read more »

Source: CAE, 10-Aug-18

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

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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

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

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

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

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

New Zealand compensated for NH90 delays

New Zealand compensated for NH90 delays

The NZ Herald is saying that NH Industries are compensating New Zealand for late deliveries of their NH90 fleet.  A total of 8 operational and 1 spare aircraft are being procured, with delivery of the last example expected to arrive 34 months late  See full story

Source: NZ Herald, 09-Dec-13

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Sole survivor of UH-1 crash granted more time to file charges against NZ military

Sole survivor of UH-1 crash granted more time to file charges against NZ military

In a reserved decision released by Judge Bill Hastings, Sergeant Stevin Creeggan has been given more time to bring a private prosecution under the Health and Safety in Employment Act against the Defence Force.  See full story

Source: 3News, 08-Nov-13

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New Zealand tests NH90 in Amphibious Ship Flight Trials

New Zealand tests NH90 in Amphibious Ship Flight Trials

The Royal NZ Navy and Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) are working alongside the Australian Defence Force to develop the capabilities of HMNZS CANTERBURY, conducting First of Class Flight Trials for the NH90 helicopter from her flight deck. HMNZS CANTERBURY is conducting two weeks of first of class flight trials for the NH90 off… Read more »

Source: RNZAF, 11-Sep-13

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22-Nov-13 NH Industries NH90 Ohakea, New Zealand

Lighning strike, safe subsequent landing, but aircraft reportedly needs repair to the approx value of US$ 8 Million

22-Aug-13

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NH90 joins Royal New Zealand Air Force exercise for first time

NH90 joins Royal New Zealand Air Force exercise for first time

Three Royal New Zealand Air Force NH90 helicopters were put through their paces as part of an intensive flying training programme around Waiouru this week. “The exercise was to test our ability to deploy in a more austere environment, away from the comfort of home base at Ohakea,” said SQNLDR Chris Andrew, Commanding Officer for… Read more »

Source: RNZAF, 01-Aug-13

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Royal New Zealand Air Force sends UH-1s to assist Papua New Guinea elections

Royal New Zealand Air Force sends UH-1s to assist Papua New Guinea elections

Two Royal New Zealand Air Force UH-1H Iroquois helicopters have been loaded on to a Royal Australian Air Force C-17 for deployment to Papua New Guinea, with a third to follow on a further C-17 on Friday. New Zealand and Australia are providing support to the Papua New Guinea Electoral Commission and authorities to ensure… Read more »

Source: Royal New Zealand Air Force, 26-Jun-12

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First of new NH90 helicopters arrive for RNZAF

First of new NH90 helicopters arrive for RNZAF

Two new NH90 helicopters will arrive at Ohakea at 9.30am, after being airlifted from France on board an Antonov AN 124 transport aircraft, Defence Minister Wayne Mapp said today (6th December 2011) “These helicopters will provide a quantum leap in capability for the RNZAF,” said Dr Mapp. “The NH90s will give the NZDF better capability… Read more »

Source: RNZAF, 06-Dec-11

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A109LUH simulator commissioned at Ohakea Air Force Base

A109LUH simulator commissioned at Ohakea Air Force Base

As a part of that training system the simulator will provide the Royal New Zealand Air Force with a cost effective means of training A109 aircrew and those destined to fly the NH90 and SH2G helicopters. The simulator provides significant financial savings as the operating cost of the simulator is approximately 10% of the A109… Read more »

Source: Scoop, 24-Nov-11

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Royal New Zealand Air Force officially unveils A109LUH

Royal New Zealand Air Force officially unveils A109LUH

The Royal New Zealand Air Force unveiled its new A109 Light Utility Helicopters and opened the new hangar where they will be housed during a ceremony at Air Force Base Ohakea on Friday.

Source: Manawatu Standard, 18-May-11

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31-Mar-11 Bell UH-1H Paraparaumu, New Zealand

A Defence Force source said the helicopter, which was en route from Ohakea to Woodburn, was carrying a spare engine for another Iroquois, which began to leak oil – the the resultant fumes cause the need for an emergency landing

31-Mar-11

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New commander for RNZAF’s No.3 Squadron

New commander for RNZAF’s No.3 Squadron

A former Central Southland man today takes command of a Royal New Zealand Air Force squadron poised to retire the UH-1 and introduce the NH90

Source: Southland Times, 12-Dec-10

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Royal NZ Air Force helicopter Squadron Leader wins award

Royal NZ Air Force helicopter Squadron Leader wins award

The courage, commitment and leadership shown by Squadron Leader Mike Cannon, of Feilding, has earned him this year’s New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) Person of the Year award. SQNLDR Cannon, who is a Helicopter Crewman Officer (HCM) at the Royal New Zealand Air Force Base at Ohakea, was responsible for implementing the first Manawatu Leadership… Read more »

Source: NZ Defence Force, 22-Nov-10

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New Zealand – Ohakea AFB staff began moving into the new 3 Sqn HQ

New Zealand – Ohakea AFB staff began moving into the new 3 Sqn HQ

The 8,000 sq.m building, which cost about NZ$26M, will be home to the Defence Force’s 13 new helicopters – eight NH90s and five A109LUHs

05-Nov-10

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25-Apr-10 NZ-3806 Bell UH-1 Pukerua Bay, New Zealand (3F)

25-Apr-10

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