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Era participates in USCG Arctic Technology Evaluation 2015 SAR Exercise

Era participates in USCG Arctic Technology Evaluation 2015 SAR Exercise

Era Group Inc. (NYSE: ERA) (“Era”), a leading helicopter transport operator based in the United States, today announced participation in the U.S. Coast Guard’s Arctic Technology Evaluation 2015 Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX 2015) on Alaska’s North Slope. SAREX 2015 was designed to identify the benefits to search and rescue (SAR) missions brought forth by… Read more »

Source: Era, 22-Jul-15

AgustaWestland confirms HeliHub report on Guardia Costiera AW139 order

AgustaWestland confirms HeliHub report on Guardia Costiera AW139 order

On 18th June, HeliHub.com ran the story Guardia Costiera increases AW139 fleet On 6th July, AgustaWestland issued the following press release AgustaWestland announced today a major milestone in the modernization of the Italian Coast Guard’s helicopter fleet, with the delivery of three further AW139 intermediate twin aircraft and an order for two more aircraft. The… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 07-Jul-15

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Bristow starts UK SAR operations from Caernarfon and Lydd

Bristow starts UK SAR operations from Caernarfon and Lydd

Bristow Helicopters has moved to the next phase of the UK SAR contract, with operations starting today from Caernarfon and Lydd. Caernarfon sees two Sikorsky S92s – G-MCGJ and G-MCGK – and a new hangar built by Balfour Beatty added to the privatised SAR service today.  The base is in the north of Wales, and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Jul-15

Bangladesh SAR AW139s being test flown by AW

Bangladesh SAR AW139s being test flown by AW

Following AgustaWestland’s announcement in July 2014, HeliHub.com can confirm that the two AW139s due to be delivered to the Bangladesh Air Force are now being test flown at the factory prior to delivery.  The two are serialled 613 and 616, and are currently flying on Italian permit registrations I-EASS and I-PTFR respectively.  As is the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Jun-15

Bristow Adds Global Tracking for Advanced Operations Support

Bristow Adds Global Tracking for Advanced Operations Support

Need to know the exact location of your inbound AW189 to Galliano to make the next crew change as efficient as possible? Bristow has you covered by rolling out its most sophisticated tracking system yet to provide real-time aircraft visibility. With the introduction of web-based eFlight Global Tracking (GT), both Bristow and its clients can… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 24-Jun-15

Atlantic Airways to replace 412s with AW139s

Atlantic Airways to replace 412s with AW139s

AgustaWestland announced today that Atlantic Airways has signed a contract for two AW139 intermediate twin helicopters. The aircraft will be used to perform SAR (Search and Rescue) missionsand scheduled passenger transportation within the Faroe Islands. The helicopters are expected to bedelivered late 2015 and in spring 2016 respectively, and will replace two B412s. This latest… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 23-Jun-15

Bristow celebrates 60th birthday

Bristow celebrates 60th birthday

If you’ve been in business for 60 years, you have some stories to tell. With a series of articles, interviews and visuals, Bristow is celebrating its 60th anniversary with a look back on the historic events that helped create one of the world’s largest civilian helicopter companies. 1) Alan Bristow formed Bristow Helicopters in 1955… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 23-Jun-15

Sweden opens corruption probe over AW139 SAR order

Sweden opens corruption probe over AW139 SAR order

The move followed an investigation by Swedish public broadcaster SVT’s programme Uppdrag Granskning earlier this year, which revealed that the deal between the state-run maritime administration and AgustaWestland, an Anglo-Italian manufacturing company, had been set up using private Hotmail accounts. See Full Story

Source: The Local, 23-Jun-15

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Guardia Costiera increases AW139 fleet

Guardia Costiera increases AW139 fleet

Italy’s Guardia Costiera (Coast Guard) are in the process of expanding their fleet of AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters, replacing older Agusta-built Bell 412s.  Two AW139s were delivered recently and Robert Swan from Freelance Aerospace Writers alerted us to the pair test flying from Sarzana using callsigns “Nemo 5” and “Nemo 6”.  Four more are due, two… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Jun-15

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Royal Australian Navy tests Camcopter S-100

Royal Australian Navy tests Camcopter S-100

Schiebel´s CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) has in a series of flights between 2 and 12 June 2015 successfully demonstrated its multi- sensor capability to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and other Australian Government Departments. The demanding trials took place near Nowra, on the South East Coast of Australia, and encompassed multiple scenarios, performed… Read more »

Source: Schiebel, 17-Jun-15

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Sikorsky confirm HeliHub.com report on Bristow SAR S92 deliveries

Sikorsky confirm HeliHub.com report on Bristow SAR S92 deliveries

Today, 16th June, Sikorsky have put out the press release below.  It is worth noting that HeliHub.com reported these details on 20th May, almost four weeks ago – see here   Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has fulfilled its contract to deliver seven S-92® helicopters to Bristow Helicopters Ltd. for UK Search and Rescue. There are now… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 16-Jun-15

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Indonesia acquires two AS365 N3+ Dauphin for SAR

Indonesia acquires two AS365 N3+ Dauphin for SAR

PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) has ordered two AS365 N3+ Dauphin helicopters to boost the search and rescue (SAR) capabilities of Indonesia. Airbus Helicopters will deliver these twin-engine rotorcraft to PTDI within one year. These helicopters will be reassembled, tested, qualified, completed and customized by PTDI with mission equipment including hoists, flotation systems, direction finder, an… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 16-Jun-15

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Canada considers converting VVIP AW101 spares ships to SAR role

Canada considers converting VVIP AW101 spares ships to SAR role

Lost hikers or stranded fishermen could find themselves being rescued by helicopters once designed to transport U.S. presidents. See full story.

Source: OttawaCitizen, 10-Jun-15

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Deliveries completed of all seven Swedish SAR AW139s

Deliveries completed of all seven Swedish SAR AW139s

AgustaWestland has now delivered all seven AW139s to Sweden for their Search and Rescue system, with the last one arriving late May 2015.   The Swedish Maritime Administration, the authority responsible for Maritime and Aeronautical Search and Rescue Services in Sweden, is operating the AW139 helicopters from five bases across the country.   HeliHub.com announced the delivery… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Jun-15

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Bid to home retired Sea King in Moray is successful

Bid to home retired Sea King in Moray is successful

A bid to retain a retired RAF Sea King helicopter in Moray to be exhibited has been successful. See Full Story

Source: BBC News, 05-Jun-15

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First of three SAR AS365N3+ arrives in Lithuania

First of three SAR AS365N3+ arrives in Lithuania

On 2 June 2015, the Eurocopter AS365N3+ Dauphin, the new helicopter of the Lithuanian Air Force landed at Siauliai Airbase. See Full Story

Source: The Baltic Course, 04-Jun-15

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Bristow UK picks Danzer modular buildings for Lydd SAR base

Bristow UK picks Danzer modular buildings for Lydd SAR base

UK SAR provider Bristow Helicopters have entered into a substantial agreement with AV Group for a series of steel modular buildings that will provide exclusive accommodation and welfare facilities for its new helicopter search and rescue (SAR) team, operating out of Lydd Airport in Kent. The SAR operation due to launch in July 2015 from… Read more »

Source: AV Group, 03-Jun-15

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SkyTrac Chooses AEM for Repairs

SkyTrac Chooses AEM for Repairs

SkyTrac Systems, the world’s premier provider of flight data monitoring, business data, and fleet situational awareness solutions has chosen Anodyne Electronics Manufacturing Corp (AEM) as their primary repair facility. With AEM’s proven track record of excellent customer support and extensive experience in the aviation industry, it was a perfect fit for this partnership. “We’re pleased… Read more »

Source: SkyTrac, 27-May-15

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Bristow UK holds topping out ceremony for new SAR hangar at Newquay

Bristow UK holds topping out ceremony for new SAR hangar at Newquay

A traditional topping off ceremony took place yesterday (Tuesday, 19 May 2015) to mark the ongoing construction of the new search and rescue (SAR) helicopter base at Newquay Cornwall Airport. The base will house two Sikorsky S92 helicopters operated by Bristow Helicopters Ltd, who are taking over delivery of helicopter SAR services throughout the UK… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 22-May-15

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More AW189 questions as Bristow UK considers extra Coast Guard S92s

More AW189 questions as Bristow UK considers extra Coast Guard S92s

Yesterday saw the Bristow UK SAR fleet of Sikorsky S92s reach the expected compliment of 11 – filling the plans for two allocated to each of five bases, and a further aircraft as a maintenance spare.  The eleventh aircraft G-MCGK was ferried Tuesday afternoon and evening from Southampton Docks via fuel stops at Southampton and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-May-15

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RAF SAR Sea King crews celebrate with mountain-top meal

RAF SAR Sea King crews celebrate with mountain-top meal

Members of a Snowdonia mountain rescue team shared a formal dinner with RAF colleagues – on top of a 3,000ft peak. See Full Story

Source: grough, 19-May-15

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Telephonics Radar Critical to US Navy SAR mission success

Telephonics Radar Critical to US Navy SAR mission success

Telephonics Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Griffon Corporation (NYSE:GFF), announced today that its AN/APS-147 maritime surveillance radar system was instrumental in assisting U.S. Navy crews during a search and rescue mission. After receiving notification from the USS New York (LPD-21) of a man overboard, the Navy deployed an MH-60R, with a flight crew from… Read more »

Source: Telephonics, 19-May-15

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Airbox wins PANDA UK SAR contract

Airbox wins PANDA UK SAR contract

Airbox, the specialist navigation and mission system developer, has today confirmed that Bristow Helicopters Limited is to use Airbox PANDA to support its UK SAR operations and Gap SAR bases in Sumburgh and Stornoway. The company will provide its mission visualisation platform to all of Bristow Helicopter’s SAR aircraft and bases enabling efficient and safe… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 18-May-15

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Imron coatings used to paint S92 converted to SAR use

Imron coatings used to paint S92 converted to SAR use

Axalta Coating Systems, a leading, global manufacturer of liquid and powder coatings, is privileged to have its Imron® Aviation coatings used to repaint a refurbished helicopter for Sikorsky Helitech in Australia. Sikorsky Helitech is the world leader in the design, manufacture and service of military and commercial helicopters. The model S-92 helicopter, originally intended for… Read more »

Source: AXALTA, 08-May-15

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Billy Deacon SAR Memorial Trophy awarded for 2015

Billy Deacon SAR Memorial Trophy awarded for 2015

The Billy Deacon SAR Memorial Trophy will be presented at the Air League’s Annual Awards Ceremony at St James Palace, on Tuesday 05th May 2015 by HRH Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh. Sponsored by Bristow Helicopters Ltd and Breitling UK, the Trophy has been established to further the memory of Mr Billy Deacon who was… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 08-May-15

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Entrol has certified H21 FNPT II MCC simulator in Italy

Entrol has certified H21 FNPT II MCC simulator in Italy

The entrol H21 simulator, based on the Bell 412, has been certified as FNPT II MCC by ENAC (Italian Civil Aviation Authority). Thanks to this entrol has expanded its portfolio of simulators by adding one of the most famous helicopters in the world. The entrol H21, purchased by Heli Protection, recreates in detail the Bell… Read more »

Source: entrol, 30-Apr-15

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Shell Australia launches landmark SAR service

Shell Australia has launched a dedicated search and rescue (SAR) helicopter service with operator CHC Helicopter to support the offshore oil and gas industry in the Kimberley – the first of its kind in Australia. The EC225 SAR helicopter is based at the Broome International Airport and is operated by CHC. It is supported by… Read more »

Source: CHC, 27-Apr-15

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Bristow Group Names Government Portfolio Director

Bristow Group Names Government Portfolio Director

Bristow Group today announced that Carl Dixon has joined Bristow as Director, Government Portfolio. Dixon will lead Bristow’s activity to build its global search and rescue (SAR) business, engaging with governments and public sector institutions around the world. Dixon has a military background; as Air-Vice Marshal, he served as Commander of the UK Joint Helicopter… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 17-Apr-15

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AgustaWestland, Bristow, Doss Aviation And Rockwell Collins propose AW119Kx for US military training

AgustaWestland, Bristow, Doss Aviation And Rockwell Collins propose AW119Kx for US military training

AgustaWestland North America, along with Bristow Group, Doss Aviation and Rockwell Collins, announced today that they are in discussions to develop a turn-key solution to address the rotary-wing pilot training needs of U.S. military and government customers. The solution would provide for total life-cycle support and management, centered around the U.S.-built AW119 helicopter, the best-in-class… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 14-Apr-15

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British pilot travels 23,000 miles to visit every Royal Navy helicopter he flew in

British pilot travels 23,000 miles to visit every Royal Navy helicopter he flew in

A helicopter hero travelled 23,000 miles to find every chopper he had ever flown – only to find one had been converted into a posh camping facility. See Full Story

Source: Daily Mail, 13-Apr-15

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Heli-One MRO services receive Korean approval

Heli-One MRO services receive Korean approval

Customers flying commercial and governmental helicopters in the Republic of Korea now have access to extensive maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) service capabilities from Heli-One’s operations in Canada. Heli-One Boundary Bay has earned certification for aircraft maintenance operations (AMO) from the Korean Office of Civil Aviation (KOCA), joining the company’s base in Stavanger, Norway, in… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 08-Apr-15

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Bond wins £60M five year offshore SAR contract

Bond wins £60M five year offshore SAR contract

North Sea oil and gas operators have committed to fund a search and rescue (SAR) helicopter service, supplementing national SAR cover for parts of the Central North Sea. The service will be operated by Bond Offshore Helicopters and will ensure existing rescue and recovery standards are maintained. The launch of a new UK-wide search and… Read more »

Source: Oil & Gas UK, 01-Apr-15

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Breeze-Eastern Achieves 1,000-Hoist Delivery Milestone

Breeze-Eastern Achieves 1,000-Hoist Delivery Milestone

Breeze-Eastern Corporation (NYSE MKT: BZC), the aerospace industry’s only dedicated hoist and winch specialist, today announced the milestone delivery of more than 1,000 BL-29900 rescue hoist systems. “Building and delivering these 1,000 hoists is a point of pride for our team,” said President and CEO Brad Pedersen. “This milestone is a powerful reminder that our… Read more »

Source: Breeze-Eastern, 30-Mar-15

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CHC launches SAR EC225 to support Australian oil and gas industry

CHC launches SAR EC225 to support Australian oil and gas industry

The most sophisticated search and rescue helicopter in Australia has been unveiled in one of the most remote corners of the country. See Full Story

Source: ABC News, 24-Mar-15

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Canadian SAR crews conclude another successful annual training exercise

Canadian SAR crews conclude another successful annual training exercise

Mass casualties litter the rigid terrain in a remote location on northern Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Two hikers lie injured in a mountainous region inaccessible by road. And a small multi-engine aircraft is still missing along the coast of mainland British Columbia, the next of kin anxious for positive news of its location. These are… Read more »

Source: RCAF, 23-Mar-15

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Researchers investigating force needed to escape helicopter

Researchers investigating force needed to escape helicopter

A local safety company and Memorial University are looking for research subjects to determine how much force is needed to open a Sikorsky S92 helicopter push-out exit window while underwater. See Full Story

Source: The Telegram, 20-Mar-15

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Basarnas Indonesia ​signs for an SAR AW139

Basarnas Indonesia ​signs for an SAR AW139

AgustaWestland announced today it has signed a contract with Badan SAR Nasional (Basarnas), the national search and rescue agency of the Republic of Indonesia, for an AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopter equipped for SAR operations. The contract also includes training for aircrew and technicians as well as an initial support package. The aircraft will be… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 18-Mar-15

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Inverness SAR Helicopter Service Launched

Inverness SAR Helicopter Service Launched

The launch of the Inverness civilian UK search and rescue (SAR) helicopter service was marked today (Tuesday 17 March) in a ceremony held at the new SAR base at Inverness Airport. Bristow Helicopters Ltd, a UK limited company, was awarded the ten year UK SAR contract by the Department for Transport in March 2013 and… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 18-Mar-15

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AgustaWestland Opens Regional Supply Centre in Aberdeen

AgustaWestland Opens Regional Supply Centre in Aberdeen

AgustaWestland celebrated the official opening of its new Regional Supply Centre in Aberdeen, Scotland on March 13th. The opening ceremony was held in the presence of local dignitaries and representatives from major operators and industry. Located close to Aberdeen Airport, the new facility has been operational 24/7 since January this year delivering spare parts to… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 17-Mar-15

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13-Mar-15 B511 Eurocopter AS565MB Gageodo Island, Korea (4F)

Crashed in waters off Gageodo Island, while trying to land near a seawall to carry out a mission to transport an emergency patient to an inland hospital. The accident left one dead and three others aboard the helicopter missing.

13-Mar-15

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Rockwell Collins brings innovative avionics to Bristow Helicopters for U.K. search and rescue program

Rockwell Collins brings innovative avionics to Bristow Helicopters for U.K. search and rescue program

Rockwell Collins’ newest technologies for helicopters will be playing a key role in advancing search and rescue services being provided by Bristow Helicopters Ltd on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency for the UK’s search and rescue (SAR) program, commencing in April. Rockwell Collins’ flight decks are featured on the new fleet of specially… Read more »

Source: Rockwell Collins, 05-Mar-15

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Esterline CMC Electronics’ Avionics Selected for Airbus H160

Esterline CMC Electronics’ Avionics Selected for Airbus H160

Esterline CMC Electronics (CMC) is pleased to announce that the CMA-9000 Flight Management System (FMS) and CMA-5024 Global Positioning System (GPS) Landing System Sensor have been selected as the navigation solution for the new X4 helicopter from Airbus Helicopters. The X4 is Airbus Helicopters’ new generation 5 to 6-ton twin-engine helicopter. Incorporating innovative technologies, the… Read more »

Source: Esterline, 05-Mar-15

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North Slope Borough Signs for S-92

North Slope Borough Signs for S-92

The helicopter will be used for the critical mission of search and rescue operations (SAR) for all NSB residents. The aircraft was selected to provide a safe, efficient and reliable airborne response to aero medical evacuation (medevac), SAR and other emergencies. NSB is located above the Arctic Circle and operates under some of the harshest… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 04-Mar-15

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Sikorsky and Bristow Embark on New Era of SAR

Sikorsky and Bristow Embark on New Era of SAR

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today recognized Bristow Helicopters Ltd.’s upcoming launch of the U.K. search and rescue (SAR) contract and the company’s dedication to SAR over the past 40 years. The recognition ceremony was held at the 2015 Helicopter Association International Heli-Expo show in Florida. Bristow Helicopters Ltd. is an affiliate of Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS). Sikorsky… Read more »

Source: SIkorsky, 04-Mar-15

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AAR Signs Contract for Two AW189s for Falkland Islands SAR

AAR Signs Contract for Two AW189s for Falkland Islands SAR

AgustaWestland announced today it has signed a contract with AAR Airlift Group to provide two new generation AW189 helicopters to perform search and rescue in the Falkland Islands. AAR Airlift Group has been awarded a contract by the UK Ministry of Defence to deliver search and rescue services in the Falkland Islands, and will use… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 04-Mar-15

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Sikorsky and Bristow Embark on New Era of Search and Rescue

Sikorsky and Bristow Embark on New Era of Search and Rescue

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today recognized Bristow Helicopters Ltd.’s upcoming launch of the U.K. search and rescue (SAR) contract and the company’s dedication to SAR over the past 40 years. The recognition ceremony was held at the 2015 Helicopter Association International Heli-Expo show in Florida. Bristow Helicopters Ltd. is an affiliate of Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE:… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 04-Mar-15

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First two P&WC-powered EC175 helicopters delivered to NHV

First two P&WC-powered EC175 helicopters delivered to NHV

Two Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6C-67E-powered EC175 helicopters have been recently delivered to Belgian operator NHV (Noordzee Helicopters Vlaanderen). NHV, one of the launch customers for Airbus Helicopter’s new model, has started commercial operation with its first two EC175 helicopters in the North Sea in December 2014 which have already accumulated more than 300 hrs… Read more »

Source: P&WC, 03-Mar-15

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Milestone Aviation Group Expands Global Operations and Enhances Financial Flexibility Following Acquisition by GE Capital

Milestone Aviation Group Expands Global Operations and Enhances Financial Flexibility Following Acquisition by GE Capital

Milestone Aviation Group, a GE Capital Aviation Services company and the global leader in helicopter leasing announced today at Helicopter Association International’s Heli-Expo that the company is expanding its international presence into three new regions – Asia, South America and the Middle East/Africa – while also growing its European staffing. Milestone will be opening offices… Read more »

Source: Milestone Aviation, 03-Mar-15

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Japan Coast Guard receives EC225 for SAR and law enforcement missions

Japan Coast Guard receives EC225 for SAR and law enforcement missions

Airbus Helicopters Japan has delivered an EC225 LP to the Japan Coast Guard (JCG), which was acquired as replacement for an aircraft that was destroyed during the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. This is the last of three EC225s ordered by JCG in July 2011; the earlier two having been delivered last year. With the… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 02-Mar-15

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Researchers investigating force needed to escape helicopter

Researchers investigating force needed to escape helicopter

A local safety company and Memorial University are looking for research subjects to determine how much force is needed to open a Sikorsky S92 helicopter push-out exit window while underwater. See Full Story

Source: The Telegram, 02-Mar-15

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S-76D enters service with Japan Coast Guard SAR

S-76D enters service with Japan Coast Guard SAR

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced today that the S-76D™ helicopter has entered into search and rescue (SAR) operations with the Japan Coast Guard. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). Sikorsky executives recently attended a ceremony with representatives from Mitsubishi Corporation and the Japan Coast Guard in which the aircraft entered into… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 01-Mar-15

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UK civilian SAR launched with ceremony

UK civilian SAR launched with ceremony

The launch of the civilian UK search and rescue (SAR) helicopter service was marked today (Thursday, February 26, 2015) in a ceremony held at the new SAR base at Humberside Airport. Bristow Helicopters Ltd, will operate the Search and Rescue Helicopter service for the UK on behalf of HM Coastguard. The UK limited company was… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 27-Feb-15

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Ambulance Victoria Takes Delivery of its first AW139

Ambulance Victoria Takes Delivery of its first AW139

AgustaWestland and Australian Helicopters are pleased to announce the delivery of the first AW139 intermediate twin-engine helicopter in EMS configuration for Ambulance Victoria. The fleet of six helicopters will soon start to replace the existing Ambulance Victoria helicopters with the   transition being completed in early 2016. Australian Helicopters’ Managing Director, John Boag, says “the internal… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 27-Feb-15

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UAE takes delivery of three SAR AW139s

UAE takes delivery of three SAR AW139s

AgustaWestland announced today the delivery of the next batch of three AW139 intermediate twin helicopters to the Joint Aviation Command of the United Arab Emirates (JAC). These aircrafts will be used to perform search and rescue missions in UAE. Additional three AW139s are expected to be delivered later this year. The delivery of the three… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 27-Feb-15

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UK – Work starts on new Bristow SAR Base at Glasgow Prestwick

UK – Work starts on new Bristow SAR Base at Glasgow Prestwick

A ground-breaking ceremony on February 24, 2014, marked the start of construction of a new Search and Rescue (SAR) helicopter base at Glasgow Prestwick Airport. The base will house two state-of-the-art helicopters operated by Bristow Helicopters Ltd, who will take over delivery of helicopter Search and Rescue services throughout the UK on behalf of the Maritime… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 26-Feb-15

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Breeze-Eastern Teams with Priority 1 Air Rescue To Expand and Improve Operator Training Programs

Breeze-Eastern Teams with Priority 1 Air Rescue To Expand and Improve Operator Training Programs

Breeze Eastern Corporation (NYSE MKT: BZC), today announced plans to partner with Priority 1 Air Rescue for customer training. Under the terms of the 36-month service agreement, Breeze-Eastern’s commercial and military customers have the option to choose Priority 1 for operational hoist and winch training. Breeze-Eastern will continue to offer its own maintenance training, and… Read more »

Source: Breeze Eastern, 25-Feb-15

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UK – Bristow considering SAR from Lydd after Manston closure

UK – Bristow considering SAR from Lydd after Manston closure

Bristow were due to use Manston airport as a base for its south east SAR services, provided on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, from July 1 this year.  See full story

Source: Thanet Gazette, 20-Feb-15

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Bristow ships second and third S92s to the Falklands for new contract

Bristow ships second and third S92s to the Falklands for new contract

On Monday 16th February, Bristow Helicopters ferried two Sikorsky S92 helicopters from their base at Aberdeen to Prestwick Airport southwest of Glasgow for shipment to the Falkland Islands.  The pair will join a third S92 already on the islands in the South Atlantic in support of oil/gas exploration work in the region – and the… Read more »

Source: Bristow Group, 17-Feb-15

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Peru buys Dutch SAR Bell 412 fleet

Peru buys Dutch SAR Bell 412 fleet

The Netherlands recently announced the retirement of their three Agusta-Bell 412SPs as they transferred the SAR role over to their NH90s.  Just three weeks on and Defence Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert announced that preliminary agreement has been reached to sell the 412s to Peru.  Although no financial numbers have been stated, and no contract yet signed, there’s enough… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Jan-15

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2014 was record life saving year for LA County Sheriff

2014 was record life saving year for LA County Sheriff

2014 was a record year for our Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) Volunteer Search and Rescue (SAR) Teams!  They responded to 597 missions in 2014 and saved dozens of lives.  2013 totals were 491 rescues, representing almost a 20% increase.  This increase can be attributed in part to social media and the posting of… Read more »

Source: LASD, 22-Jan-15

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Airbus Helicopters’ Singapore-based AS365 simulator upgraded for day and night SAR

Airbus Helicopters’ Singapore-based AS365 simulator upgraded for day and night SAR

The AS365 Dauphin rotorcraft full-flight simulator at Airbus Helicopters’ Singapore-based training center has been upgraded to provide highly realistic training in both day and night search and rescue (SAR) operations, offering pilots the unique capability to safely practice these demanding life-saving missions. The upgrade was made by Airbus Helicopters Southeast Asia at its Seletar Aerospace… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 22-Jan-15

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AAR win 10 year Falkland Islands SAR contract

AAR win 10 year Falkland Islands SAR contract

AAR (NYSE: AIR) announces its Airlift division has been awarded a contract by the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence for Search & Rescue (SAR) and Support Helicopter services in the Falkland Islands. The contract is valued at approximately $275 million (approximately £180 million). AAR Airlift, together with British International Helicopters (BIH) and Air Rescue Systems… Read more »

Source: AAR, 20-Jan-15

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Irish Coast Guard Completes Record Number of Missions with S92 Fleet

Irish Coast Guard Completes Record Number of Missions with S92 Fleet

The Irish Coast Guard (IRCG) completed a record number of missions during 2014, moving 730 people from danger to safety, often in challenging weather conditions. CHC Helicopter’s general operations manager for search-and-rescue (SAR) services, Chris Hodson, said the crews completed 904 missions, an increase of 15 percent year-on-year – and more than any year in… Read more »

Source: CHC, 16-Jan-15

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Chivenor Sea King switchover delayed until October

Chivenor Sea King switchover delayed until October

The transfer of Chivenor’s search and rescue helicopter service to Wales has been postponed, the Gazette understands. See Full Story

Source: North Devon Gazette, 16-Jan-15

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UK – Wattisham issues closure date for Sea King SAR

UK – Wattisham issues closure date for Sea King SAR

Once a fully operational RAF Station, Wattisham is now only home to a search and rescue helicopter unit, ‘B’ Flight of No 22 Squadron, equipped with 2 Sea king HAR3A helicopters. The final bell is now being prepared for this operation, as it has been announced the Sea Kings will cease operations on 1st July…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Jan-15

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Netherlands retires SAR Agusta-Bell 412 fleet

Netherlands retires SAR Agusta-Bell 412 fleet

As of 1 January 2015, the Defence organisation has taken its characteristic yellow AB-412 search-and-rescue helicopters out of service. These helicopters, which flew for Defence Helicopter Command, are to be disposed of. Consequently, 303 Squadron, stationed at Leeuwarden Air Base, will be disbanded in the near future. During the course of 2014, the 3 Defence… Read more »

Source: Ministry of Defence, 15-Jan-15

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Bristow builds on a strong heritage for a brighter future in Europe

Bristow builds on a strong heritage for a brighter future in Europe

With more than 1,000 employees and 60 years of experience in offshore operations, Bristow’s Europe Business Unit (EBU) has earned a reputation for safety and service. In recent months, new people have arrived and processes are being put into place to meet anticipated growth in both the oil and gas and search and rescue (SAR)… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 14-Jan-15

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Bristow Prepares for Start of UK SAR Contract

Bristow Prepares for Start of UK SAR Contract

UK SAR marks milestones as expansion proceeds on schedule. As Bristow Helicopters continues its preparations towards the go-live of the UK SAR contract on behalf of the UK’S Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), it has already scored significant achievements at its existing bases in Northern Scotland. Working under the Gap SAR contract with the MCA,… Read more »

Source: Bristow, 14-Jan-15

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HAI Announces Winners of the Salute to Excellence Awards

HAI Announces Winners of the Salute to Excellence Awards

The Helicopter Association International (HAI) today announced the winners of its acclaimed Salute to Excellence Awards in nine categories. They include, among others, two helicopter search-and-rescue (SAR) teams, a firefighting pilot who refused to give up on a crew on the ground, and a flight instructor with perhaps more time in one of the world’s… Read more »

Source: HAI Salute, 09-Jan-15

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Bristow SAR hangar at Caernarfon Airport progressing well

Bristow SAR hangar at Caernarfon Airport progressing well

Work is progressing well at a new £7m Search and Rescue (SAR) service base which is due to open this year. See Full Story

Source: Daily Post, 06-Jan-15

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AW189 SAR Variant Achieves EASA Certification

AW189 SAR Variant Achieves EASA Certification

AgustaWestland is pleased to announce it has achieved European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification for the Search and Rescue variant of the AW189, paving the way for the delivery of aircraft for the UK search and rescue programme. The range of kits for the SAR mission that have now been certified by EASA for the… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 05-Jan-15

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Carabineros de Chile Order an AW139

Carabineros de Chile Order an AW139

AgustaWestland announced today that the Carabineros de Chile has placed an order for an AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopter. The aircraft, which will be delivered in the first quarter of 2015, will be used to support a wide range of missions including public order and safety, crime control, counter terrorism, drug control and border security… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 05-Jan-15

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Trinidad and Tobago Air Guard Reaches Key Training,Capability Milestones

Trinidad and Tobago Air Guard Reaches Key Training,Capability Milestones

AgustaWestland today congratulated the accomplishments of the Trinidad and Tobago Air Guard, as the country’s first Search and Rescue helicopter unit promoted two pilots to Command Officers and recognized the licensure by the Trinidad & Tobago Civil Aviation Authority of five engineers now authorized to work independently on the four multi-mission AW139s in operation by… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 17-Dec-14

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Aerolite’s dedicated lightweight EMS equipment for Aiut Alpin

Aerolite’s dedicated lightweight EMS equipment for Aiut Alpin

Ennetbürgen, Switzerland – Aerolite is pleased to announce the new dedicated lightweight EMS equipment for EC135 T3/P3! The requirements of Aiut Alpin showed the need for a dedicated, lightweight EMS equip-ment designed specifically for the new EC135 T3/P3 helicopter. Aerolite has developed an EMS equipment which allows different seat and stret-cher configurations, easy access to… Read more »

Source: Aerolite, 17-Dec-14

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Saft Batteries power EC175 APU

Saft Batteries power EC175 APU

Saft, the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of advanced batteries for industry and aerospace applications, with its advanced nickel-based batteries already installed on two-thirds of the world’s fleet of civil and military aircraft, is supplying the on-board batteries for Airbus Helicopters’ twin-turbine EC175 helicopter that has entered series production with the first delivery on December… Read more »

Source: Saft Batteries, 15-Dec-14

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