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Frasca International Sells Airbus H125 Helicopter Flight Simulator

Frasca International Sells Airbus H125 Helicopter Flight Simulator

Frasca International has sold a Level 5 Flight Training Device (FTD) for the Airbus H125 AStar (350B3) single-engine helicopter to Aero Asahi Corporation (AAC), Japan’s leading civil helicopter company. The new Frasca Level 5 FTD will be used by Aero Asahi for H125 pilot training as well as to provide operational training for offshore, emergency… Read more »

Source: Frasca, 27-Apr-17

CoxHealth adds refurbished MD Explorer

CoxHealth adds refurbished MD Explorer

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) is proud to announce the expansion of the CoxHealth air medical fleet to include a second MD Explorer helicopter. Springfield, Missouri-based CoxHealth has purchased an MD 900 Explorer from MDHI that was previously operated by the Dutch Police and the United States Coast Guard. [HeliHub.com editor note – this places it… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 24-Apr-17

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Another Bell 407GXP joins the Med-Trans Mission

Another Bell 407GXP joins the Med-Trans Mission

For over three decades, Med-Trans Air Medical Transport (Med-Trans) has been providing the necessary quick response when lives are on the line. Their extensive, varied helicopter fleet includes numerous Bell 407s that provide transport for a variety of hospital systems, medical centers and EMS agencies in 25 states. Over the years, we have been proud… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 21-Apr-17

Air Evac Looks to Expansion

Air Evac Looks to Expansion

Air Evac Lifeteam is thinking of adding Whiteside County’s Rock Falls to their list of 125 bases. In the March Airport Board meeting they spoke of leasing two buildings at the Whiteside County Airport for five years for $120,000 with an annual increase of 3%. They hope to have the air ambulance run as a… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Apr-17

New Helipad at St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake

New Helipad at St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake

St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake now has a new helipad to help emergency medical staff treat the most time-sensitive emergencies and to provide efficient transport in and out of the hospital. The first helicopter landed on the new helipad on March 6, 2017. A makeshift pad on the east side of the hospital near the… Read more »

Source: St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake, 19-Apr-17

Bell and United Rotorcraft Deliver First EMS Helicopter in China

Bell and United Rotorcraft Deliver First EMS Helicopter in China

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and United Rotorcraft announced today the delivery of a Bell 429 to Reignwood Investment, Ltd., (Reignwood). The aircraft will serve as the first Bell helicopter for Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) missions in China. “We are proud to partner with United Rotorcraft to deliver the first HEMS Bell 429 to… Read more »

Source: Textron, 12-Apr-17

AAMS Publishes Findings of Air Medical Cost Study

AAMS Publishes Findings of Air Medical Cost Study

AAMS is pleased to announce the publication of the Air Medical Services Cost Study Report, conducted by the independent research firm Xcenda LLC. AAMS commissioned the study in response to an evident need for reputable, independent research, specific to air medical transport, to quantify the costs associated with providing emergent air medical transports. Further, the… Read more »

Source: AAMS, 11-Apr-17

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance unveil rebrand

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance unveil rebrand

As of this year, the Air Ambulances of Essex and Hertfordshire have been partnered for a decade. With 2017 representing the tenth anniversary of Herts Air Ambulance, the twentieth year of Essex Air Ambulance and the arrival of the Charity’s first purchased helicopter this summer, EHAAT felt it was time to solidify the partnership of… Read more »

Source: Essex & Herts Air Ambulance, 10-Apr-17

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Waypoint Leasing and Eagle Annouce Repurposed AW139

Waypoint Leasing and Eagle Annouce Repurposed AW139

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced in technical partnership with Eagle, a leading global helicopter solutions provider, the establishment of an aircraft reconfiguration and repurpose program, the Waypoint Medium Utility Helicopter (“MUH”)  for legacy AW139 variants for use in support of a range of utility mission areas,… Read more »

Source: Eagle, 06-Apr-17

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AW189 enters UK SAR operations today

AW189 enters UK SAR operations today

The HM Coastguard search and rescue (SAR) helicopter base in Lee-On-Solent will start flying the new Leonardo AW189 helicopter for SAR operations from 1 pm on Friday 31st March.   The new £20 million AW189 helicopters are painted in red and white HM Coastguard colours, and operated by Bristow Helicopters Limited on behalf of HM Coastguard…. Read more »

Source: HM Coastguard, 31-Mar-17

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NSW Ambulance Paramedic Voices Concerns

NSW Ambulance Paramedic Voices Concerns

John Larter, a paramedic with NSW Ambulance, is currently under investigation after going to the media with complaints about the takeover of the company by Toll Group. He has explained his displeasure with the decision to let go two pilots who have collectively 30 years’ experience and states that new pilots won’t have the experience… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Mar-17

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Bristow Forms New SAR Consortium for the Gulf of Mexico

Bristow Forms New SAR Consortium for the Gulf of Mexico

Bristow U.S. LLC today announced that it has been awarded a contract with Shell Offshore, Inc., a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell (Shell), for medevac and search and rescue (SAR) services in the Gulf of Mexico. “We are drawing on our years of experience of safely and efficiently operating SAR around the world to deliver… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 22-Mar-17

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Boston MedFlight Completes FAA Part 135 Certificate Licensure

Boston MedFlight Completes FAA Part 135 Certificate Licensure

Boston MedFlight, a nonprofit organization founded thirty-two years ago that provides critical care medical transport by air and ground, is pleased to announce that it has completed the process to secure its own Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-issued Part 135 Operating Certificate.  On Friday, March 3, 2017, Boston MedFlight completed its first patient transport under the… Read more »

Source: Boston MedFlight, 21-Mar-17

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Air Evac Lifeteam Earns FAA’s Diamond Maintenance Award

Air Evac Lifeteam Earns FAA’s Diamond Maintenance Award

Air Evac Lifeteam, the nation’s leading helicopter air ambulance provider, is now the largest Part 135 aviation operator to receive the Federal Aviation Administration’s Diamond Maintenance Award. The FAA’s St. Louis Flight District Standards Office presented the award on Tuesday, March 14 at the Air Evac Lifeteam corporate headquarters in O’Fallon, Mo. Seth Myers, president… Read more »

Source: Air Evac Lifeteam, 17-Mar-17

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Work begins on £1M helipad at Aintree Hospital

Work begins on £1M helipad at Aintree Hospital

Work has started on a £1m helipad at Aintree University Hospital funded by the HELP Appeal, which will give seriously injured patients arriving by air ambulances immediate access to the Emergency Department and specialist treatment . This new helipad will serve patients from across Cheshire and Merseyside, and will reduce transfer time for patients in… Read more »

Source: HELP Appeal, 14-Mar-17

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Puerto Rico Police Department’s Bell Fleet

Puerto Rico Police Department’s Bell Fleet

 Situated in the Caribbean is the 3,500-square-mile island Puerto Rico – home to 3.5 million people. The abundant Latin culture, expansive beaches and luxurious resorts attract numerous visitors each year. To further increase the safety for locals and visitors, the Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD) created the Puerto Rico Joint Forces of Rapid Action (FURA)… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopters, 13-Mar-17

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Sikorsky Recognizes Coast Guard’s Extraordinary Legacy of Helicopter Rescues

Sikorsky Recognizes Coast Guard’s Extraordinary Legacy of Helicopter Rescues

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) company, today paid tribute to the U.S. Coast Guard’s century of aviation (1916-2016) during which the service successfully adapted the helicopter as a primary life-saving tool for untold thousands of human beings in need of rescue. Sikorsky President Dan Schultz gave the tribute during HAI Heli-EXPO 2017, the world’s… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 13-Mar-17

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Airbus Helicopters recognizes U.S. Coast Guard for reaching 1.5 million flight hours

Airbus Helicopters recognizes U.S. Coast Guard for reaching 1.5 million flight hours

Airbus Helicopters Inc. saluted the U.S. Coast Guard on Wednesday for its recent milestone achievement of reaching 1.5 million flight hours with the service’s fleet of MH-65 Dolphin patrol and search-and-rescue helicopters. From patrolling the skies over Lake Michigan to performing life-saving rescues in the Gulf of Mexico, the Coast Guard’s MH-65 Dolphin has become… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 10-Mar-17

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Lightest Ever Compact Autopilot for Helicopters Unveiled

Lightest Ever Compact Autopilot for Helicopters Unveiled

On the opening day of the Heliexpo 2017 exhibition, Thales has unveiled the smallest lightest autopilot in the market. The Thales Compact Autopilot opens up the use of autopilot systems to all sizes of rotorcraft. System architecture drastically simplified to equip new built helicopters and upgrade existing fleets especially for SAR, EMS and HLS operators…. Read more »

Source: Thales, 09-Mar-17

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Thales unveils lightest ever compact autopilot for helicopters

Thales unveils lightest ever compact autopilot for helicopters

System architecture drastically simplified to equip new built helicopters and upgrade existing fleets especially for SAR, EMS and HLS operators.   Advanced helicopter autopilots have long been considered cumbersome and costly systems for the rotorcraft industry. Heavy and expensive, they have been almost exclusively used in the twin-heavy segment, and on the most high-end platforms…. Read more »

Source: Thales, 09-Mar-17

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Waypoint joins with Eagle to reconfigure early AW139s for utility market

Waypoint joins with Eagle to reconfigure early AW139s for utility market

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced in technical partnership with Eagle, a leading global helicopter solutions provider, the establishment of an aircraft reconfiguration program, the Waypoint Medium Utility Helicopter (“MUH”)  for legacy AW139 variants for use in support of a range of utility mission areas, including: firefighting,… Read more »

Source: Waypoint Leasing, 09-Mar-17

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Flight Test Complete for New Transition to Hover Feature in the AS332

Flight Test Complete for New Transition to Hover Feature in the AS332

Successful integration and testing of the new Transition to Hover feature has now been completed in the AS332L/L1 Super Puma helicopter. As part of a new software change for the Universal Avionics Flight Management System (FMS), Transition to Hover is a must-have feature for any AS332L/L1 crew engaged in overwater SAR operations, where the helicopter… Read more »

Source: Universal Avionics, 08-Mar-17

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Flight Test Complete for New Transition to Hover Feature in the AS332

Flight Test Complete for New Transition to Hover Feature in the AS332

Successful integration and testing of the new Transition to Hover feature has now been completed in the AS332L/L1 Super Puma helicopter. As part of a new software change for the Universal Avionics Flight Management System (FMS), Transition to Hover is a must-have feature for any AS332L/L1 crew engaged in overwater SAR operations, where the helicopter… Read more »

Source: Universal Avionics, 07-Mar-17

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New Hangar for North Flight Aero Med

New Hangar for North Flight Aero Med

North Flight Aero Med in Traverse City now has a new hangar. The new hangar has been met with great enthusiasm, especially as it will save time during emergency situations. Not only does it have space for helicopters, it is well equipped for staff as it has beds available as well as space for equipment. The… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Mar-17

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Pakistan expands its AW139 fleet with new orders

Pakistan expands its AW139 fleet with new orders

Leonardo announced today that the Pakistan Ministry of Defence has placed orders for an undisclosed number of additional AgustaWestland AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters. The aircraft will be used to perform utility and transport operations across the nation. Deliveries are expected to start in mid-2017. This latest purchase further expands the presence and success of… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 22-Feb-17

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Swedish Prosecutor drops SAR AW139 case

Swedish Prosecutor drops SAR AW139 case

After a 1½-year investigation, the prosecutor’s office has decided to drop the charges regarding alleged irregularities in connection with the purchase of seven new rescue helicopters. “The police have not found anything, and the prosecutor’s office has now closed the case”, says Ulrika Ekström, Director of Communications at the Swedish Maritime Administration. The commotion took… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 10-Feb-17

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Ontario Provincial Police Pilot Found Guilty

Ontario Provincial Police Pilot Found Guilty

Sgt. Dan Mulligan from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has been charged with breach of confidence and two accounts of misconduct after her wrote a letter to The Sudbury Star, outlining his disapproval of the relocation of a SAR helicopter from Sudbury to Orillia. He called the move negligent, stating that not only does he… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Feb-17

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Ontario Provincial Police Lease SAR Helicopter

Ontario Provincial Police Lease SAR Helicopter

Ontario Provincial Police now have access to a helicopter to use in the Thunder Bay area for police and search and rescue missions. They entered into a six-month leasing contract in November with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, reports TB News Watch. They have used the Ministry’s helicopters in the past and because… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-Jan-17

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Russian Defence Ministry Receives Military Helicopter Delivery

Russian Defence Ministry Receives Military Helicopter Delivery

Russia’s Defence Ministry recently accepted a delivery of Mi-8MTV-5-1 military helicopters from Russian Helicopters. The helicopters went through strict testing before they were accepted. The build and assembly quality, as well as component manufacturing was tested during a pre-acceptance and acceptance procedure. Once they were fully assembled, they were tested once more at the workshop… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Jan-17

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Prestwick SAR Helicopter Service Celebrates One-year Milestone

Prestwick SAR Helicopter Service Celebrates One-year Milestone

Bristow Helicopters Limited has reached the first anniversary of delivering Search and Rescue (SAR) operations on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, from the base at Prestwick Airport. The HM Coastguard service became operational at Prestwick on 1 January 2016, and since then the crews have responded to over 350 taskings from the Aeronautical… Read more »

Source: Bristow Helicopters, 18-Jan-17

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Era SAR Program Recognized for Excellence

Era SAR Program Recognized for Excellence

Era Group Inc. (NYSE:ERA), one of the largest helicopter operators in the world, today announced that its search and rescue (SAR) program is the 2017 winner of Helicopter Association International’s Salute to Excellence Airbus Helicopters Golden Hour Award. The annual award is presented to those who have advanced the use of helicopters in the vital… Read more »

Source: Era Group, 17-Jan-17

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Newquay SAR Helicopter Service Celebrates One-year Milestone

Newquay SAR Helicopter Service Celebrates One-year Milestone

Bristow Helicopters Limited has reached the first anniversary of delivering search and rescue (SAR) helicopter operations on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, from the base at Cornwall Airport Newquay. The HM Coastguard service became operational at Newquay on 1 January 2016, and since then the crews have responded to over 300 taskings from… Read more »

Source: Bristow Helicopters, 17-Jan-17

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Newquay, Prestwick SAR helicopter services celebrate first anniversaries

Newquay, Prestwick SAR helicopter services celebrate first anniversaries

Bristow Helicopters Limited has reached the first anniversary of delivering search-and-rescue (SAR) helicopter operations on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency from the base at Cornwall Airport Newquay and the base at Prestwick Airport. The HM Coastguard service became operational at Newquay on Jan. 1, 2016, and since then the crews have responded to… Read more »

Source: Bristow Helicopters, 13-Jan-17

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Successful Test Flight of Leonardo-Finmeccanica Unmanned Aircraft

Successful Test Flight of Leonardo-Finmeccanica Unmanned Aircraft

Leonardo-Finmeccanica had their first successful test flight this week of their new remotely piloted SW-4 helicopter, dubbed the Solo. The successful test flight means they can now launch their test campaign. CEO and General Manager, Mauro Moretti, has said that the Solo is testament to the company’s innovation and commitment to the field of unmanned… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jan-17

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Billy Deacon’s Lasting Contribution to Safety

Billy Deacon’s Lasting Contribution to Safety

November 19, 2016, marked the 19th anniversary of the passing of Bristow winchman Billy Deacon. Deacon was tragically lost while carrying out his duties on a search and rescue (SAR) helicopter, operating on behalf of Her Majesty’s Coastguard, from the Sumburgh base in the Shetland Islands in 1997. The incident raised the bar in search… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 20-Dec-16

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Bangladesh Navy to Procure Maritime Helicopters

Bangladesh Navy to Procure Maritime Helicopters

The Bangladesh Navy is looking to procure two maritime helicopters for their fleet. The two twin-engine helicopters will be used for Special Forces missions, maritime SAR, anti-surface vessel warfare, over the horizon targeting, casualty evacuation and anti-submarine warfare. They should be fully operational for all weather conditions. They should be suitable to land on all… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Dec-16

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Bristow Enters Into New $200 Million Seven-Year Equipment Financings

Bristow Enters Into New $200 Million Seven-Year Equipment Financings

 Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS) and its subsidiaries announced today that it has entered into two seven-year GBP denominated secured equipment financings for an aggregate $200 million USD equivalent with Lombard, part of The Royal Bank of Scotland. The proceeds from the financings will be used to finance eight search and rescue (SAR) helicopters being utilized… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 15-Nov-16

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Inverness SAR base marks 500 Missions in 18 Months

Inverness SAR base marks 500 Missions in 18 Months

The HM Coastguard air search and rescue (SAR) helicopter base in Inverness, operated by Bristow Helicopters Limited, has recently reached a milestone of 500 missions since the launch of the new civilian service on 1 April 2015. Operating from a new, purpose-built base at Inverness Airport, the crews have delivered a vital, lifesaving service to… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 15-Nov-16

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Royal Navy crew recognized with Prince Philip Helicopter Rescue Award

Royal Navy crew recognized with Prince Philip Helicopter Rescue Award

Bristow search and rescue (SAR) Pilot James Bullock and Winchman Paramedic Alan Speed, who are now based at Bristow’s SAR operations at Humberside and Inverness respectively, were recognized with the 2016 Prince Philip Helicopter Rescue Award. The award recognizes individuals and crews for acts of outstanding courage or devotion to duty in the course of… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 15-Nov-16

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Dilemma for Polish SAR

Dilemma for Polish SAR

Poland is in the middle of a SAR predicament. They recently backed out of a deal with Airbus and instead opened a procurement procedure to acquire several S-70i Black Hawk helicopters for their army in order to meet Urgent Operational Requirements. The focus on army requirements leaves the maritime SAR capabilities low. The Mi-14 Haze… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Nov-16

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Pittsburg Welcomes ETMC

Pittsburg Welcomes ETMC

ETMC has recently moved one of their Air 1 emergency helicopters to Pittsburg. This new location provides patients with a faster response time as they will have faster transportation to ETMC Tyler’s Level 1 trauma centre. ETMC Air 1 is crewed 24 hours a day, all week. The Commission on Accreditation of Air Medical Transport… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Oct-16

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Caernarfon Coastguard Helicopter Reaches 500th SAR Mission

Caernarfon Coastguard Helicopter Reaches 500th SAR Mission

The UK Coastguard helicopter based at Caernarfon has marked a significant milestone undertaking its 500th search and rescue mission earlier today (Tuesday 18 October). The 500th mission, since it went live on 1 July 2015, was the rescue of a fallen walker at Tryfan in Snowdonia, Wales supported by the Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Team…. Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 21-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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Canadian Air Force Completes SAR Exercise

Canadian Air Force Completes SAR Exercise

A national search and rescue (SAR) exercise conducted in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, from September 18-24 highlighted the importance of conducting real-world SAR missions and training to ensure crews are ready to respond when Canadians are in distress. The value of the exercise was further underlined when exercise participants unexpectedly provided real-time assistance to a canoeist… Read more »

Source: Canadian Armed Forces, 11-Oct-16

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First search and rescue for MH-60R

First search and rescue for MH-60R

HMAS Perth and its embarked MH-60R helicopter supported a search and rescue off the coast of Seychelles on 14 August. Two survivors were located by Perth’s MH-60R helicopter, call sign ‘Hellcat’, and were recovered by a civilian yacht. The support provided to the rescue mission marked the first occasion that an Australian Navy MH-60R whilst on an operational deployment has been used in such… Read more »

Source: Australian Navy, 26-Sep-16

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Heli-One Completes Inspection

Heli-One Completes Inspection

Heli-One, a leading global provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services has completed the 2 year / 750 hour inspection for the Korean Coast Guard (KCG)’s Sikorsky S-92A. The KCG, a branch of the Ministry of Public Safety and Security, oversees maritime safety and control off the coast of South Korea. The inspection… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 12-Sep-16

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UK SAR helicopters in new trial

UK SAR helicopters in new trial

HM Coastguard has a new eye in the sky from September 2016, as a Jetstream 41 turboprop aircraft is being trialled as part of a development to support our search and rescue (SAR) helicopters. The new plane is painted in red and white HM Coastguard colours and will be patrolling the southern and eastern seaboard…. Read more »

Source: HM Coastguard, 11-Sep-16

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Coast Guard S92s and AW189s are too big for hospital helipads

Coast Guard S92s and AW189s are too big for hospital helipads

The Department for Transport bought 11 Sikorsky S92 and Agusta Westland AW189 helicopters from the American company Bristow for £1.9 billion, but the helicopters themselves are too large to land at hospital helipads. The hospitals Newcastle, Glasgow, Leeds, Bristol and Sheffield are being affected by the lack of helicopters available. Newcastle officials have brought the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 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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India – Three Helicopters Jointly Bought for Emergency Use

India – Three Helicopters Jointly Bought for Emergency Use

A proposal has been brought forward by the authorities of Noida, Greater Noida and YEIDA to purchase three helicopters to use for emergency situations, law enforcement and search and rescue. The proposal has been brought up before, but was not feasible due to financial reasons. “This fresh proposal seems workable,” says Janardan, Additional CEO of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Sep-16

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Bristow introduces new Director of UK SAR

Bristow introduces new Director of UK SAR

As a key member of the UK SAR leadership team since the start of the contract, Bristow Helicopters Limited recently promoted Russell Torbet CBE to director UK SAR, responsible for overseeing the operation of the civilian search and rescue (SAR) service for the UK on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). In this… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 02-Sep-16

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Italian Coast Guard orders two more AW139s, plus two options

Italian Coast Guard orders two more AW139s, plus two options

Leonardo-Finmeccanica has announced an order for additional two AW139 intermediate twin helicopters by the Italian Coast Guard. This latest contract will increase the customer’s fleet of AW139s to twelve. The AW139s will be used to perform a range of missions including maritime patrol, search and rescue (SAR), and emergency medical services. The latest order also… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 09-Aug-16

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Bristow announces two senior internal promotions

Bristow announces two senior internal promotions

Bristow Group today announced the promotion of Chipman “Chip” Earle to senior vice president, chief legal and support officer, adding oversight of Bristow’s global communications, executive compensation and information technology functions to his previous responsibilities for all legal aspects of the business, compliance and insurance. Bristow also promoted Mary Wersebe to vice president of human… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 05-Aug-16

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Bristow Group Announces Quarterly Dividend

Bristow Group Announces Quarterly Dividend

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS) announced today that its Board of Directors approved a $0.07 per share quarterly dividend. The dividend will be payable on September 15, 2016 to stockholders of record at the close of business on September 1, 2016 (the “Record Date”).  There were 35,063,321 shares of Bristow’s common stock issued and outstanding… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 05-Aug-16

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PRISM Expands Sponsorship with Public Safety Aviation Accreditation Commission

PRISM Expands Sponsorship with Public Safety Aviation Accreditation Commission

PRISM, a subsidiary of ARGUS International, has expanded its sponsorship with the Public Safety Aviation Accreditation Commission (PSAAC) to include aerial firefighting and search & rescue. In September of 2014, PRISM entered into a sponsorship agreement with PSAAC, also known as the Airborne Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission. That agreement recognized PRISM’s support of PSAAC as… Read more »

Source: Argus, 21-Jul-16

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VIH converts two S92s for offshore operator

VIH converts two S92s for offshore operator

VIH Aerospace is in the process of delivering two Sikorsky S-92 helicopters to a leading offshore oil and gas operator, in response to the grounding of the Airbus H225. The aircraft identified for quick maintenance and modifications turn-around by VIHA expert engineers have required greatly-differing work scopes in order to meet the compressed delivery timeline… Read more »

Source: VIH, 19-Jul-16

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Bristow announces FY2017 Q1 results and concall

Bristow announces FY2017 Q1 results and concall

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS), the leading provider of global industrial aviation services, announced today it will release financial results for its fiscal 2017 first quarter ended June 30, 2016, after the market closes on Thursday, August 4, 2016. In conjunction with the release, Bristow has scheduled a conference call, which will be broadcast live… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 19-Jul-16

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Sikorsky recognises British SAR program

Sikorsky recognises British SAR program

Sikorsky recognized Bristow Helicopters Limited and the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency today at the 2016 Farnborough Air Show for excellence in lifesaving achievement with the S-92®helicopter. Bristow Helicopters Limited is an affiliate of Bristow Group Inc. Sikorsky is a Lockheed Martin Company (NYSE: LMT). Bristow Helicopters currently operates 14 S-92 helicopters on behalf of… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 14-Jul-16

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Sikorsky and Bristow sign 10-Year S-92 support deal

Sikorsky and Bristow sign 10-Year S-92 support deal

Sikorsky and Bristow Helicopters today signed a 10-year agreement providing Bristow’s S-92® fleet with extended support for its aftermarket material needs. Sikorsky’s Total Assurance Program provides Bristow continued aftermarket support to operate its S-92 fleet within a known budget, reducing the risk of unplanned costs. The contract was signed in a ceremony at the 2016… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 12-Jul-16

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EASA approves AW189 FIPS Full Ice Protection System

EASA approves AW189 FIPS Full Ice Protection System

In the absence of any official announcement from Leonardo Helicopters, we can confirm that operator Bristow Helicopter has announced the EASA approval of the Full Ice Protection System for the AgustaWestland AW189.  In an SEC filing, they state the following:- On Wednesday, June 29, 2016, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) issued a Major Change… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Jul-16

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Second AW139 arrives for Croatian Police

Second AW139 arrives for Croatian Police

The Croatian Police yesterday took delivery of the second of two AW139 helicopters, after receiving the first in January 2016.   The two aircraft will have their primary role as border protection.  Croatia has the EU’s second longest land border with non-EU countries, a total of 745 miles, making it only marginally shorter than the 816… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Jun-16

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Bristow appoints new UK SAR leader

Bristow appoints new UK SAR leader

Bristow Helicopters Limited today announced the appointment of Russell Torbet CBE to director UK SAR effective August 1, 2016, responsible for overseeing the operation of the civilian search and rescue (SAR) service on behalf of HM Coastguard. Torbet replaces Samantha Willenbacher who has been promoted to Bristow Group’s regional director for the Americas Region. Torbet… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 28-Jun-16

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Bristow Targets More Government Work

Bristow Targets More Government Work

Bristow continued to highlight its capabilities in search and rescue (SAR), military flight training and maintenance, repair and overhaul services at expositions around the world in May and June 2016, as the company pursues new government business as part of its diversification strategy to grow U.S. and international business. Bristow showcased its services at the… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 28-Jun-16

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Busy Babcock create Aberdeen space by moving out three Super Pumas

Busy Babcock create Aberdeen space by moving out three Super Pumas

Babcock Mission Critical Services Offshore are going through more fleet changes than most following the grounding of the Airbus AS332L2 and EC225 models.  In recent weeks they have taken on four new Sikorsky S92s, but that seems to have given them a storage issue at Aberdeen. Yesterday, Babcock transported three AS332L2 Super Pumas by road… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Jun-16

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Bristow launches SAR AW139 in Nigeria

Bristow launches SAR AW139 in Nigeria

Bristow Helicopters (Nigeria) Limited today announced a new dedicated helicopter rescue and recovery (RRS) service for Nigeria’s oil and gas industry to provide critical life-saving assistance currently not available in the country’s aviation landscape. The new service is expected to launch in August 2016. Bristow’s new RRS service complements the company’s suite of industrial aviation… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 22-Jun-16

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Global S92 fleet passes 1,000,000 flight hour landmark

Global S92 fleet passes 1,000,000 flight hour landmark

The global fleet of Sikorsky S-92® helicopters recently surpassed one million flight hours, in an impressively short time of less than 12 years. Sikorsky is a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT). “We are incredibly thankful to our customers, suppliers and employees for reaching this milestone, and we are tremendously proud of the S-92 helicopter’s industry-leading… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 16-Jun-16

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Norwegian All-Weather SAR AW101 unveiled

Norwegian All-Weather SAR AW101 unveiled

The first AgustaWestland AW101 Norwegian All-Weather SAR Helicopter was unveiled yesterday by Anders Anundsen, Norway’s Minister of Justice and Public Security, during a ceremony held at Leonardo Helicopters’ Yeovil facility in south-west England. Minister of Justice and Public Security, Anders Anundsen (on right in photo with Leonardo Helicopters CEO Daniele Romiti), said “This roll out… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Jun-16

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Pakistan picks AW139 for SAR

Pakistan picks AW139 for SAR

Leonardo-Finmeccanica announced today that Government of Pakistan has signed a contract for an undisclosed number of AgustaWestland AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters. The signing was held in Islamabad in presence of the H.E. Italian Ambassador Stefano Pontecorvo. The contract is part of a fleet renewal programme spread over several batches including a logistic support and… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 25-May-16

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Era marks 1000 SAR missions on Gulf of Mexico since 2010

Era marks 1000 SAR missions on Gulf of Mexico since 2010

Era Group Inc. (NYSE: ERA) (“Era”) is pleased to announce its Search and Rescue (SAR) Program has successfully completed 1,000 missions in the Gulf of Mexico. Collaborating with Priority 1 Air Rescue (“P1AR”), an internationally recognized leader of SAR services, Era pioneered the establishment of its commercial air ambulance and search and rescue offering in… Read more »

Source: Era Group, 24-May-16

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LCI delivers first of four AW139 to Westpac in Australia

LCI delivers first of four AW139 to Westpac in Australia

Lease Corporation International (LCI), the aviation leasing arm of the Libra Group, has delivered the first new AW139 helicopter to Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service based in Australia. The aircraft is currently en route and will arrive at Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service’s main base in Newcastle, New South Wales, in June to enable pilots along with… Read more »

Source: LCI, 13-May-16

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AgustaWestland sold $1.3 Billion worth of helicopters to Algeria

AgustaWestland sold $1.3 Billion worth of helicopters to Algeria

Over the last five years, Algeria has received a significant number of helicopters from AgustaWestland, but the manufacturer goes into complete silence mode when asked how many aircraft have been delivered.  No article has been published to date enumerating the extent of this order. HeliHub.com has thus done a significant amount of research in an… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-May-16

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RAF donates Sea King to Falklands museum

RAF donates Sea King to Falklands museum

The Royal Air Force has donated a Sea King (Sikorsky S61 built in UK under licence) to the Falkland Islands Museum and National Trust.  The aircraft is serialled XZ593. RAF Commodore Darren Bone said: “For over a generation the Sea King has been a reassuring sight across the Falkland Islands. It has gone to the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-May-16

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UK SAR Training Unit renamed

UK SAR Training Unit renamed

Following the recent gradual disbandment of UK military SAR, the RAF Valley based Search & Rescue Training Unit (SARTU), a unit of the Defence Helicopter Flying School (DHFS), will be formally numbered 202 (Reserve) Squadron at a ceremony at RAF Shawbury, the home of the DHFS. No 202 (Reserve) Squadron will become the maritime and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-May-16

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FInnish Border Guards receive second H215 today

FInnish Border Guards receive second H215 today

Airbus Helicopters delivered the first of two H215s to join the Finnish Boarder Guard fleet on 28th February, and the second is expected to arrive today.  Serial 2926, and registered OH-HVQ, the aircraft departed the factory at Marignane in southern France yesterday and has over-nighted in Germany. The Finnish Boarder Guard already operates three AS332… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-May-16

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Bristow ship three S92s out at end of Falkland contract

Bristow ship three S92s out at end of Falkland contract

Bristow Helicopters has completed a one year contract in the Falkland Islands with three Sikorsky S92s.  While the contract allowed for extensions beyond the first year, the continued depressed oil price has meant that these were not exercised – as predicted by HeliHub.com.  The company’s announcement of the contract win early in 2015 described it… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-May-16

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