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Bell Helicopter and TRU Meet Milestones Marking BTA-Valencia Completion

Bell Helicopter and TRU Meet Milestones Marking BTA-Valencia Completion

Bell Helicopter and TRU Simulation + Training Inc., both Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) companies, announced today that the Bell Helicopter Training Academy (BTA) in Valencia, Spain, along with its Bell 429 full flight simulator (FFS), have been certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). These certification milestones mark the official completion of the training facility. BTA-Valencia was… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 27-Feb-17

NH90 Program Passes Major Milestone with Delivery of 300th Production Helicopter

NH90 Program Passes Major Milestone with Delivery of 300th Production Helicopter

NH Industries is proud to announce the delivery of the 300th NH90 production helicopter to the Spanish Armed Forces on Thursday, December 15. Assembled at the Airbus Helicopters Spanish final assembly line at Albacete, the aircraft will be operated by the Spanish Army’s aviation branch, Fuerzas Aeromóviles del Ejército de Tierra (FAMET). “Delivering the 300th… Read more »

Source: NHI, 20-Dec-16

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Spain Questions Israel about Drone

Spain Questions Israel about Drone

Israel is currently under questioning as to why they gave a Spanish-made helicopter drone to the Russian Prime Minister. The drone, which is used for agricultural use, costs $53, 000 and is seen as sensitive technology, which Spain prohibits the exportation of to certain countries. As reported by BBC News, the drone was fitted with… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Dec-16

Bell and TRU Simulation prepare to open in Spain

Bell and TRU Simulation prepare to open in Spain

Bell Helicopter and TRU Simulation + Training Inc., both Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) companies, today announced new updates in their continued progress with their training center in Valencia, Spain – continuing to meet commitments to bring a regional training solution to Europe. The Bell Helicopter Training Academy (BTA) – Valencia, Powered by TRU Simulation + Training is designed… Read more »

Source: Bell Helicopter, 17-Oct-16

Dart Aerospace expands European network

Dart Aerospace expands European network

DART Aerospace expands its Approved Maintenance Center (AMC) network to Europe offering competitive aftermarket solutions. DART will hold a cocktail to celebrate the launch of this network expansion during Helitech International on booth 12C60, Tuesday October 11th at 15:00.  You are invited! Helicopter operators and private owners in this region now have the option to… Read more »

Source: DART Aerospace, 12-Oct-16

Spanish Army receives first two NH90

Spanish Army receives first two NH90

Madrid, Today, the Directorate General of Armament and Equipment (DGAM) completed the transfer of the first two NH90 tactical transport helicopters from the Airbus Helicopters plant in Albacete to the Spanish Army. The handover was made at the Coronel Maté Air Base in Colmenar Viejo, the headquarter of the Spanish Army Airmobile Force (FAMET) and… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 16-Sep-16

Bell renames Spanish training facility

Bell renames Spanish training facility

Bell Helicopter and TRU Simulation + Training Inc., both Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) companies, today announced the official name of their training center in Valencia, Spain: “Bell Helicopter Training Academy (BTA) – Valencia, Powered by TRU Simulation + Training.” BTA – Valencia is designed to serve the training needs of European customers, beginning with pilot… Read more »

Source: Bell, 20-Jul-16

Coptering adds second Cabri G2 to cope with training demand

Coptering adds second Cabri G2 to cope with training demand

Spanish training school Coptering SA has added a second Cabri G2 helicopter to their training school at Sabadell Airport in Barcelona to cope with an increase in demand.  Company owner Daniel Carrillo flew the new helicopter – serial 1145 – back from the Helicoptères Guimbal factory in southern France in recent days.  Coptering is also… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-May-16

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SENER delivers second upgraded AB212 to Spanish military

SENER delivers second upgraded AB212 to Spanish military

In the framework of the FIDAE International Air & Space Fair, the SENER engineering and technology group announced the recent delivery of the second Agusta Bell helicopter 212 (AB212) to the Spanish Ministry of Defense’s DGAM (Directorate General of Armament and Material). This is part of a modernization project that SENER is carrying out in… Read more »

Source: SENER, 04-Apr-16

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Spain – Galicia air ambulance flying hours cut

Spain – Galicia air ambulance flying hours cut

The government of the state of Galicia is reported to have cut flying hours for EMS helicopters in an apparent cost-cutting exercise, according to the locally based 20Minutos, among others. Traditionally, two helicopters have operated in daylight hours for the last 25 years, which gives at least 15 flying hours in mid-summer. However, it has… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Mar-16

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Spanish Police seize two Alouettes, 615kg of drugs and 20 suspects

Spanish Police seize two Alouettes, 615kg of drugs and 20 suspects

[electronic translation] The Civil Guard, under the hemming operation, has been arrested in the provinces of Seville, Malaga and Cadiz to 20 members of a criminal, perfectly structured and hierarchical organization dedicated to introducing hashish in Spain from Morocco by air. Altogether they have seized 615 kilos of hashish hidden in a helicopter were from… Read more »

Source: Guardia Civil, 15-Jan-16

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ITP signs three year contract to maintain Spanish Guardia Civil engines

ITP signs three year contract to maintain Spanish Guardia Civil engines

ITP has signed a contract with the Civil Guard to provide maintenance services, supply spare parts and provide technical assistance for the Civil Guard Air Service’s aircraft engines. Valued at about 9 million euros, the contract, which will function under a PbH (Power-by-the-Hour) technical support scheme, will have a term of 3 years from its… Read more »

Source: ITP, 07-Jan-16

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Spanish Police impound three helicopters and pilots on drug smuggling allegations

Spanish Police impound three helicopters and pilots on drug smuggling allegations

Spanish Police have recently announced that they impounded three helicopters in the last year which they believe have been used in drug smuggling operations between Morocco and Spain – photos of two of these are shown below.  They believe they have broken two criminal organisations, and arrested a total of 15 and seized 810kg of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Oct-15

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10-Sep-15 HU.27-02 Airbus AS532UL Requena, Spain

Training flight.  Helicopter ended up on its side with main blades and tail boom ripped off.  Three POB all safe with minimal injuries.

10-Sep-15

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DART Aerospace and Heliswiss Iberica – expanding in Europe

DART Aerospace and Heliswiss Iberica – expanding in Europe

DART Aerospace and Heliswiss Iberica (HWS), aiming to reinforce their presence and expand their coverage in Europe, proudly announce the appointment of three new sales managers fully dedicated to European customers and confirm commitment to increase local sales presence, customer support and parts inventory. Joining DART’s team, Mr. Adrien Dillard,Regional Sales Manager – Europe, will… Read more »

Source: Dart, 03-Jul-15

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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

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Spain – Coptering acquires second Cabri

Spain – Coptering acquires second Cabri

Spanish dealer for Helicoptères Guimbal, Coptering SA, now operates two G2 Cabri helicopters from its base at Barcelona’s Sabadell Airport. After purchasing a new G2 msn 1080, which the operator received in October 2014, they have now bought one of the high-time aircraft from Swedish operator Northern Helicopters.  The latter had already decided to dispose… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Jun-15

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04-Apr-15 EC-KIR PZL W3 Fernán Pérez, Spain

Date refers to the date that the wreck of this helicopter was found abandoned, and thus the accident could have happened earlier.  Helicopter found having crashed onto its starboard side with tail rotor separated. No marks on the ground around, and relatively light damage to cabin and cockpit area suggests either take-0ff or landing issue. … Read more »

04-Apr-15

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26-Mar-15 EC-KYJ Airbus AS355N Montmelo, Spain

After engine failure indication the pilot decided to land in the heliport of the Montmelo motor racing circuit. During approach there was an explosion of the engine, provoking the power turbine and exhaust nozzle to detach. Important damage to the engine and the exhaust nozzle.

26-Mar-15

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Health professionals gather at INAER to learn about airborne medical assistance

Health professionals gather at INAER to learn about airborne medical assistance

After ten successful editions of the HEMS Course held by INAER España in collaboration with the Nursing Department at Alicante University, this year’s course content and scope of the subjects have been expanded to create the first HEMS Specialist and Airborne Medical Assistance Course, entitled in Spanish I Curso de Especialista HEMS y Asistencia Médica… Read more »

Source: INAER, 10-Mar-15

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INAER wins firefighting contract with four Bell 412s

INAER wins firefighting contract with four Bell 412s

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and the Environment (Magrama) awarded contracts to INAER for four of the five helicopters providing firefighting, surveillance and forest fire coordination services for the 2015 winter-spring season. This service will remain active during the months of March, April and part of May. The aircraft resources for this new contract include… Read more »

Source: INAER, 09-Mar-15

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Indra to supply EC135 simulator to Spanish Army in €14.4m contract

Indra to supply EC135 simulator to Spanish Army in €14.4m contract

The Arms and Materials General Board (DGAM) for the Spanish Ministry of Defense has chosen Indra to provide an integrated training system for the EC135 helicopter; this project will be worth €14.4m. This system is comprised of the following: level D mission simulator, which reproduces aircraft flight behavior accurately; simulation support systems; and a computer-assisted… Read more »

Source: Indra, 13-Feb-15

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INAER EMS pilot fails breath test

INAER EMS pilot fails breath test

Various Spanish websites including ABC, Efe and ELDiA  are reporting that an EMS pilot based at Tenerife Sur airport (=Reina Sofia Airport) has failed a breath test.  INAER, who have a zero tolerance approach to the taking of drugs or alcohol, called the Guardia Civil to conduct the breathalyser test, and the pilot reportedly showed positive… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Feb-15

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28-Jan-15 Eurocopter Bo105 Cortes de la Frontera, Spain (2F)

Crashed killing both on board after hitting powerlines at night.  Helicopter was carrying 800-900 kg of hashish and on an illegal (unbooked with air traffic) flight.  One of those on board was from the Albanian Air Force. Photos show a Bo105 in dark camouflage colours

27-Jan-15

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Avincis rebrands as Babcock

Avincis rebrands as Babcock

Following the acquisition of Avincis Group (Avincis) by Babcock International Group PLC (the Group) in May 2014, the process to integrate the business into the Group has progressed well and it is therefore appropriate to reflect this by taking the Babcock name. Avincis will therefore now become Babcock Mission Critical Services (Babcock). The local companies… Read more »

Source: Babcock, 15-Jan-15

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Guimbal Cabri arrives in Spain

Guimbal Cabri arrives in Spain

The Spanish representative for Helicopteres Guimbal has received their first G2 Cabri, serial 1080 off the production line in Aix, France.  Coptering SA has previously operated a Robinson R22 for training, and the Cabri is an additional aircraft in their fleet.  Maintenance support is being provided by local company Heliswiss Iberica. Their all-white aircraft, complete… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Nov-14

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Spanish Air Force celebrates 50,000 hours on S-76C fleet

Spanish Air Force celebrates 50,000 hours on S-76C fleet

On October 14, at 10:30 am, the crew of Air Force instructor Juan Jose Villaescusa Adam and Army Sergeant student Juan Carlos Román Hernández reached the milestone 50,000 flight hours for the Spanish military Sikorsky S-76C fleet.  The flight was an instrument rating training flight operated by 781 Squadron. Upon landing, the crew was received… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Oct-14

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INAER Spain’s “Gigante 3” completes 197 missions in first half of 2014

INAER Spain’s “Gigante 3” completes 197 missions in first half of 2014

[electronic translation] The city of Cuenca’s medical helicopters, operated by a crew from INAER Spain (INAER), has completed 197 missions during the first half of the year. 84% of the missions related to health problems (including heart attacks, strokes and respiratory problems), and 16% related to traumas (such as traffic accidents and work injuries). The… Read more »

Source: INAER, 15-Sep-14

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24-Aug-14 HU.15-90 Airbus Bo105CBS-4 Marana, Spain (3F)

Blades struck mountain side during rescue operation of a climber, causing helicopter to crash.  All three on board killed, named as Captain Emilio Pérez Peláez Lieutenient Marcos Antonio Benito Rodríguez José Martínez Conejo (Mountain specialist) The helicopter is officially serialled HU.15-90.  It also carried the Guardia Civil code 09-118 See also Guardia Civil tribute video… Read more »

24-Aug-14

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Cantabria renews emergency service contract with INAER

Cantabria renews emergency service contract with INAER

Babcock announces that INAER Spain (INAER), part of Avincis,  has been awarded a further four-year £5 million contract to provide helicopter transport for search and rescue operations and other civil defence missions by the local government of Cantabria, Spain. INAER will operate a 24 hour service from Santander Airport using Bell 412 helicopter. The helicopters… Read more »

Source: Babcock, 14-Aug-14

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Spain – Cantabria renews SAR contract with INAER

Spain – Cantabria renews SAR contract with INAER

The Government of Cantabria Spain INAER been renewed with the shuttle by helicopter for search and rescue operations, emergency medical services and other work of civil protection. This contract has a value of 6.35 million euros and a duration of four years. INAER Spain will continue to operate the Bell 412EP helicopter base located in Santander… Read more »

Source: INAER, 11-Aug-14

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Spanish operator FAASA becomes approved training organisation

Spanish operator FAASA becomes approved training organisation

[electronic translation] The Spanish Agency for Aviation, EASA Safety Certified last April Pilot School Business Group, FAASA. Approval as ATO (Approved Training Organization) E-ATO-107, allows the center to accommodate the rules of formation flight training organizations referred to in the European legislation Jar – FCL. This approval allows the Centre to continue its offering training for helicopter… Read more »

Source: FAASA, 09-Jun-14

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Spain – Campillos heliport work progressing

Spain – Campillos heliport work progressing

The Junta de Andalucia is progressing with the construction of a heliport in Campillos which aims to improve health care in Malaga province.  See full story

Source: Euro Weekly News, 27-May-14

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INAER to deploy 71 helicopters for Spanish firefighting season

INAER to deploy 71 helicopters for Spanish firefighting season

INAER Spain (INAER), one of the country’s leading emergency service providers, is preparing for this year’s firefighting season, which experts believe will be especially tough due to the lack of rainfall recorded in much of the country during the winter. In the south east in particular, the Mediterranean terrain and vegetation are extremely dry, carrying… Read more »

Source: INAER, 26-May-14

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24-May-14 Robinson R44 Casares, Spain (1F)

Contacted powerlines and crashed, killing sole occupant pilot.  Post crash fire.  Helicopter apparently Swiss registered judging by flag on tail in this image   Based on the colour scheme it could be one of HB-ZJK (12182), HB-ZPE (12862), HB-ZSA (10365), HB-ZSC (13426) – although it is also possible that an R44 previously flown in Switzerland (and… Read more »

24-May-14

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Guimbal appoints dealer in Spain

Guimbal appoints dealer in Spain

Helicoptères Guimbal has recently appointed a dealer for Spain.  Coptering SL will be based at Barcelona’s Sabadell Airport, and is currently working with EASA in Spain on their plans for a Approved Training Organisation based there.  The company is working on their website, and a currently has a strong image-based holding page at www.coptering.com Coptering expects… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Apr-14

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US Marine Corps Ospreys change command in Spain

US Marine Corps Ospreys change command in Spain

Marines, sailors, and distinguished visitors gathered together aboard Moron Air Base, Spain, to observe Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 162 receive a new commander during a change-of-command ceremony, April 26, 2014. Lieutenant Colonel Brian T. Koch took command of VMM-162 from Lt. Col. Robert A. Freeland. The squadron from Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C.,… Read more »

Source: USMC, 30-Apr-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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Spain – AESA reiterates ban on Unmanned Aircraft

Spain – AESA reiterates ban on Unmanned Aircraft

Spanish safety agency AESA (Agencia Estatal de Seguridad Aerea) has issued a notice in local language which clearly states that unmanned aircraft for civilian use are banned in Spanish airspace.  Military UAVs are exempt, but only in nominated segregated airspace. In particular, AESA notes “It is not permitted, and never has been, to use remotely-piloted commercial… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Apr-14

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Spain – Marbella plans heliport

Spain – Marbella plans heliport

The future heliport of El Pinillo will have four helipads and has planned operating hours from 7am to 7pm.  See full story

Source: SUR, 01-Apr-14

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19-Mar-14 HD.21-10 Eurocopter AS332B Morro Jable, Spain (4F)

Military SAR helicopter crashed into the water off the Canary Islands at 2155 CET on night training flight.  One rescued, four later confirmed dead when the helicopter was located under water.

19-Mar-14

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INAER Spain joins with University of Alicante for R&D

INAER Spain joins with University of Alicante for R&D

This week, the University of Alicante (UA), the Alicante Science Park Foundation and INAER Spain (INAER) signed two agreements that will strengthen their collaborations in innovation, development and training. The signing ceremony, held at the rectory office, was attended by the rector of UA, Manuel Palomar, as well as the president of the Science Park… Read more »

Source: INAER, 11-Mar-14

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US Marines, Spanish pilots conduct bilateral carrier landings

US Marines, Spanish pilots conduct bilateral carrier landings

As part of a larger effort to increase international cooperation, U.S. Marines with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response conducted a bilateral carrier qualification with their Spanish counterparts from Maneuver Helicopter Battalion #4 (BHELMA IV) aboard USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44), Feb. 25, 2014. The carrier qualification gave the pilots from SP-MAGTF Crisis Response… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 05-Mar-14

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24-Feb-14 EC-FTX Eurocopter AS355N Casarrubios del Monte, Spain

Helicopter landed heavily and fell onto port side during training operation.  Extensively damaged (see photo) including tail boom sliced and frontal impact damage.  Two minor injuries

24-Feb-14

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Spain – Nerja helipad given green light

Spain – Nerja helipad given green light

A helipad close to the town’s health centre has been given approval in the southern Spanish town of Nerja, some 25 miles east of Malaga

Source: Olive Press, 23-Feb-14

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Spain – 50 medics on HEMS Medical Staff Qualification course

Spain – 50 medics on HEMS Medical Staff Qualification course

More than 50 doctors and nurses from all over Spain will gather for the “HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical Services) Medical Staff Qualification” course, organised by INAER in collaboration with the University of Alicante. The course, which will take place from the 20th – 23rd February, is designed to train medical professionals for emergencies which involve… Read more »

Source: INAER Spain, 21-Feb-14

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Spanish Traffic Dept orders four AS355NP and three EC135

Spanish Traffic Dept orders four AS355NP and three EC135

Airbus Helicopters has signed a contract with the Spanish Traffic Department to supply a total of seven helicopters: four AS355NP Ecureuils and three EC135s, with the latter aircraft to be operated by Spain’s National Police Force. Delivery will begin in 2014 with one EC135 and one AS355NP and will be completed in 2016. Spain’s Traffic… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 17-Feb-14

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INAER to provide AW139 to support Gaviota platform Enagas

INAER to provide AW139 to support Gaviota platform Enagas

INAER Spain (INAER), a leading provider of aerial emergency services, has been awarded a one-year contract to transport personnel, goods and supplies to the Gaviota underground gas storage platform, operated by Enagás. The company will operate an Agusta Westland AW139 helicopter, which can accommodate 15 passengers, and will schedule flights for crew changes on the… Read more »

Source: INAER Spain, 30-Jan-14

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INAER Spain renews Balearic EMS contract with Bell 412

INAER Spain renews Balearic EMS contract with Bell 412

INAER Spain (INAER), a leading provider of emergency aerial services and aircraft maintenance has been awarded the air ambulance contract for the Balearic Islands through public tender. The new contract will strengthen INAER’s partnership with IB-Salut, for whom it has provided aerial emergency services since 2000. The contract will last for two years with the… Read more »

Source: Avincis Group, 22-Jan-14

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Spain becomes worlds leading military EC135 operator

Spain becomes worlds leading military EC135 operator

Spanish Ministry of Defense Becomes the World’s Leading Operator of the Airbus Helicopters’ EC135 Helicopter for military use Airbus Helicopters’ factory in Spain provided the setting early this week for the delivery of the two EC135 helicopters to the Spanish Army Airmobile Force (FAMET). The aircraft were the first to be delivered as part of… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 16-Jan-14

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INAER wins four-year Madrid EMS contract with AW109 and Bell 412

INAER wins four-year Madrid EMS contract with AW109 and Bell 412

The Emergency Medical Service of Madrid, SUMMA 112, has awarded the air ambulance contract for Madrid to INAER Spain (INAER) through a public tender. The company will operate two medical helicopters under a four year contract with an option for a two year extension. The helicopters are an Agusta Westland 109 and a Bell 412EP,… Read more »

Source: Avincis Group, 14-Jan-14

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INAER Spain wins contract to maintain Spanish military AB212 fleet

INAER Spain wins contract to maintain Spanish military AB212 fleet

INAER Spain will take over the maintenance of the Armed Forces’ fleet of AB 212 helicopters. The contract was awarded through a public competition by the Nato Support Agency (NSPA) and will last three years with the option of a two year extension. INAER has already taken delivery of the first AB 212 at its… Read more »

Source: INAER, 02-Jan-14

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INAER flies first upgraded Spanish Navy AB212

INAER flies first upgraded Spanish Navy AB212

The helicopter used as prototype in the AB212 Helicopter Life Extension Program of the Spanish Navy (PEVH-AB212) took to the air for its first test flight. This milestone caps off more than three years of concept development, led by the Spanish Navy, with the resulting project being awarded at the end of 2011 to the… Read more »

Source: Avincis, 20-Dec-13

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Helipad approved for luxury Mallorca marina

Helipad approved for luxury Mallorca marina

Local press is reporting that Port Adriano, a luxury marina on the southwest corner of Mallorca, has had a helipad approved.  Radio One Mallorca says that the Balearic Environmental Commission approved it after a lengthy viability and environmental impact study.  Approval for the elevated helipad was helped by being on the coast and having clear approach… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Dec-13

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INAER Spain to operate nine firefighting helicopters in Extremadura

INAER Spain to operate nine firefighting helicopters in Extremadura

INAER Spain, global leader in emergency services, has been awarded a new contract to operate aerial firefighting services in the Region of Extremadura after the local Government issued a public tender. The company will provide fire fighting, surveillance and coordination services. Under the terms of the new contract, INAER Spain will operate nine helicopters,  including… Read more »

Source: INAER, 26-Nov-13

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Babcock looks to take over Avincis in £1.5 Billion deal

Babcock looks to take over Avincis in £1.5 Billion deal

Engineering company Babcock International – who run Devonport and Rosyth military dockyards in the UK – is in advanced talks on a blockbuster £1.5bn takeover of Avincis Group.  See story 

Source: Sunday Times, 24-Nov-13

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Saab Skeldar UAS operationally deployed by the Spanish Navy

Saab Skeldar UAS operationally deployed by the Spanish Navy

Defence and security company Saab’s Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Skeldar is now operationally deployed on-board the offshore patrol vessel BAM Meteoro. Skedlar is supporting the Spanish Navy with surveillance capabilities while taking part in the EU Atalanta operation in the Gulf of Aden. Earlier this year Saab announced a contract to deploy the Skeldar Unmanned… Read more »

Source: Saab, 19-Nov-13

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Croatian Police receive first Eurocopter EC135

Croatian Police receive first Eurocopter EC135

In their first new helicopter acquisition for 23 years, the Croatian Police have recently bought two Eurocopter EC135s to be based at Lucko. Previously they relied on three Bell 206s (one Agusta-built one dating from 1973) and one Agusta-Bell 212, all of which are now marked for retirement in the next two years. The first… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Oct-13

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04-Aug-13 EC-KIE Eurocopter AS350B3 Pallares, Spain

Firefighting helicopter.  Ended up on its starboard side with little apparent vertical impact (=roll-over?).  2 POB, 1 with minor injuries, 1 uninjured

04-Aug-13

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First Spanish-assembled Tiger makes first flight

First Spanish-assembled Tiger makes first flight

This is an important achievement for both the Tiger program and for Eurocopter Spain,” said Juan Luis Cordero, the Eurocopter Tiger program manager in Spain. “The assembly of this helicopter was made possible thanks to a significant investment in both industrial and human resources and also to the close coordination with other entities in the… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 01-Aug-13

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INAER forms Spain’s first all-woman EMS helicopter crew

INAER forms Spain’s first all-woman EMS helicopter crew

The Malpartida medical base in Cáceres, operated by INAER Spain is now the home of Spain’s first all-woman medical helicopter crew. The crew is made up of pilot Beatriz Parera, medic Gloria Palacios and Salobrar Sánchez and Rocio Ramos from the Extramadura Health Service, and uses a Eurocopter EC135. “The gender of the crew doesn’t… Read more »

Source: INAER, 31-Jul-13

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Sloane Helicopters launches Ibiza-based service

Sloane Helicopters launches Ibiza-based service

Established in Mallorca since 1995, Sloane Helicopters has made an exciting decision to base a four-seater Robinson R44 aircraft in Ibiza for various dates throughout summer 2013. Flying in and out of Ibiza Airport, the Company will offer heli-sightseeing trips and a platform for aerial photography. Chief Pilot, Jonny Greenall, says, “We’ve enjoyed a fabulous 18 years… Read more »

Source: Sloane Helicopters, 02-Jul-13

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INAER Spain invests €1.2m to renovate facilities in Las Palmas

INAER Spain invests €1.2m to renovate facilities in Las Palmas

The Spanish Maritime Safety Agency (SASEMAR) is celebrating 20 years of activity on the island on Gran Canaria. Based in Las Palmas, the INAER Spain (INAER) operated helicopter Helimer Canarias has carried out more than 1,365 emergencies and successfully assisted more than 1,500 people. To coincide with this milestone, INAER, the country’s leading emergency services… Read more »

Source: INAER, 05-Jun-13

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Spain – Sky Helicopters adds AS350B3e in Mallorca

Spain – Sky Helicopters adds AS350B3e in Mallorca

Spanish operator Sky Helicopters has added a new Eurocopter AS350B3e to its fleet – serial 7575 and registered as EC-LXH. THe helicopter is now based on the island of Mallorca at Sky’s main base at Son Bonet aerodrome – once Palma’s main airport. Sky has a total of six AS350s, three AS355s, three W3 Sokols… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Jun-13

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OCCAR: Tiger Programme Contract Notice

OCCAR: Tiger Programme Contract Notice

OCCAR, EDA’s partner in developing European defence capabilities, manages the Tiger Helicopter programme on behalf of Germany, France and Spain. In a common approach towards personnel training, the German-French Tiger Helicopter Technical School (Deutsch-Französisches Ausbildungseinrichtung TIGER – DFAT) opened in 2003 in Fassberg, Germany. The mission of the School is to provide training to French… Read more »

Source: EDA, 07-May-13

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INAER Spain attends International Congress on Intensive Care

INAER Spain attends International Congress on Intensive Care

INAER Spain (INAER), one of the world leaders in emergency air services, recently participated in the 6th International Congress on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (URGRAV) in Havana, one of the most important events on emergency medicine in Latin America. INAER led the conference on time-dependent pathology care for conditions whose evolution depends primarily on… Read more »

Source: INAER, 06-May-13

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25-Apr-13 HU26-18 Eurocopter EC135P2+ Los Galayos, Spain

Blade strike and ensuing heavy landing caused skids to deform.  Fortunately helicopter did not fall over the edge of the mountain, but it was very close.  Helicopter was registered HU26-18 and carried code “09-312”

25-Apr-13

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AeroSimulators to support Bond and INAER simulators

AeroSimulators to support Bond and INAER simulators

AeroSimulators announced today that it has entered into simulator maintenance and support agreements with Bond Air Services and INAER Helicópteros Off-Shore. Under the support agreements, AeroSimulators will be responsible for the delivery and provision of spares, support equipment, maintenance and re-certification services, as well as on-site training and documentation. These support services will cover an… Read more »

Source: AeroSimulators, 08-Apr-13

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Spain ships three Tigers to Afghanistan

Spain ships three Tigers to Afghanistan

[electronic translation] In his first combat mission, the ‘Tiger’ capacities to provide protection and security to our forces in retreat Three helicopters ‘Tiger’ Battalion Attack Helicopter (BHELA) No. 1, located at the base ‘Coronel Sánchez Bilbao’ de Almagro (Ciudad Real), have been embarked today on a transport plane ‘Antonov’ for transfer to the base of Herat.There… Read more »

Source: Spanish Military, 28-Mar-13

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FAA and Spain cooperate in alternative aviation fuels

FAA and Spain cooperate in alternative aviation fuels

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Spanish Aviation Safety and Security Agency (AESA) signed a Declaration of Cooperation to promote the development and use of sustainable alternative aviation fuels in the United States and Spain. The Declaration was signed by Carey Fagan, FAA Executive Director for International Affairs, and Isabel Maestre Moreno, Director of… Read more »

Source: FAA, 01-Mar-13

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First flight of an NH90 assembled by Eurocopter Spain

First flight of an NH90 assembled by Eurocopter Spain

23rd January – This morning a ceremony was held for the maiden flight of the first NH90 to be assembled by Eurocopter España at its facility in Albacete. The event was attended by María Dolores de Cospedal, President of the Regional Government of Castile-La Mancha, Spanish Defense Minister Pedro Morenés, Eurocopter CEO Lutz Bertling and… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 24-Jan-13

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Spain – four employees sanctioned for reporting failures in EMS helicopter

Spain – four employees sanctioned for reporting failures in EMS helicopter

At least 40 employees of the 061 – the Spanish public health emergency organisation – staged a protest in Granada last week at the opening of four disciplinary cases.  Two EMS workers, a doctor and a health and safety representative are central to the situation which concerns “safety deficiencies” in the operation of the helicopter… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Jan-13

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Nigeria – OAS Helicopters add AS355N

Nigeria – OAS Helicopters add AS355N

Nigerian operator OAS Helicopters have recently bought a Eurocopter AS355N from Spain.  The red and white aircraft is serial 5746 and previously registered EC-JXP with Sky Helicopters. This brings the OAS fleet to three helicopters and one jet – the others are as follows 5N-BLI AS350B2 (serial 3840) 5N-BPD AS355N (serial 5641) 5N-BOZ EMB145 jet… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Jan-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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