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First Robinson R66 arrives in Thailand

First Robinson R66 arrives in Thailand

Solaire Heliluck Aviation have recently imported the first R66 in Thailand, and it is now registered as HS-LLQ as seen in the photo here.  Engineering training and support for the built out of the crate was provided by Mornington Sanford Aviation. Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com  

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Jan-17

EXCLUSIVE – Royal Thai Army buys AW149 and six AW139s

EXCLUSIVE – Royal Thai Army buys AW149 and six AW139s

HeliHub.com can exclusively announce that Leonardo appear to have made their first AW149 sale, with an aircraft for the Royal Thai Army now being test flown.  Seen in Marco Bianchi’s photo here, which he has given us permission to use, the Thai military flash is seen on the tail of this otherwise anonymous aircraft.  A… Read more »

09-Dec-16

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Royal Thai Air Force orders two more EC725s

Royal Thai Air Force orders two more EC725s

The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) has ordered two additional mission-ready twin-engine EC725 (now marketed as the H225M Caracal) multirole utility helicopters as part of the continuation of its fleet strengthening programme agreement launched in 2012. Delivery of the two additional EC725s is scheduled for 2019. The RTAF’s EC725s are specially equipped with fast roping,… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 06-Oct-16

Royal Thai Navy Receives 5 H145Ms

Royal Thai Navy Receives 5 H145Ms

The Royal Thai Navy’s U-Tapao air base recently received its order of 5 H145M light utility helicopters. The aim is to eventually replace their ageing Bell 212 helicopters which have been in serve for 38 years. The 5 H145Ms will be used in the 202nd Squadron, Wing 2 of the Royal Thai Navy’s Air Division,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Sep-16

Russian Helicopters to supply parts to Southeast Asian Armed Forces

Russian Helicopters to supply parts to Southeast Asian Armed Forces

At the Army 2016 forum, Russian Helicopters signed supply contracts for aviation inventory for helicopters that are in service for the Indonesian Air Force and the Royal Thai Armed Forces. Also, at the expo, the top managers of Russian Helicopters met with representatives of the Myanmar military agencies. The contract signed with the Indonesian authorities… Read more »

Source: Rostec, 20-Sep-16

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

Bell 412EPI Participates in Royal Thai Army Aviation Day

Bell 412EPI Participates in Royal Thai Army Aviation Day

Following its recent demonstration flights in Nepal, Bell have taken the 412EPI to the Royal Thai Army’s Aviation Day held June 14 at Sa Phan Nak Aero, Royal Thai Army Aviation Centre at Lopburi. They took the opportunity to present the aircraft to visitors at the event. “The Bell 412EPI continues to attract customers worldwide… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Jun-16

Honeywell signs up Australian Helicopters, Toll Group and SFS Aviation

Honeywell signs up Australian Helicopters, Toll Group and SFS Aviation

Honeywell has signed three new avionics protection plan agreements with Australian Helicopters, Toll Remote Logistics in Australia and SFS Aviation in Thailand. The three-year agreements cover a total of 17 helicopters under the Honeywell avionics protection plan, which include AgustaWestland AW139 and Sikorsky’s S-76 model. The Honeywell avionics protection plan offers commercial helicopters, business aviation… Read more »

Source: Honeywell, 02-Jun-16

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Royal Thai Navy receives first pair of H145M

Royal Thai Navy receives first pair of H145M

With today´s successful technical acceptance, Airbus Helicopters has handed over the first two of five lightweight military multi-role H145M helicopters to the Royal Thai Navy. This marks an important milestone in the H145M programme on its way to the final acceptance and entry into service in Thailand at the end of 2016. A delegation from… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 03-May-16

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MD Helicopters appoints sales representative for South East Asia

MD Helicopters appoints sales representative for South East Asia

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) welcomes Kuala Lumpur-based Sapura Aero as an authorized representative serving the South East Asian countries (ASEAN) of Malaysia, Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. As an authorized independent sales representative within the ASEAN region, Sapura Aero will offer the full range of MDHI’s commercial helicopter… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 25-Apr-16

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Airbus takes H145 on new Far East demo tour

Airbus takes H145 on new Far East demo tour

Airbus Helicopters’ H145 is back in Asia to showcase its performance and capabilities through a series of demo flights in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Taiwan. The first H145 demo tour was held in Southeast Asia in 2013, covering Malaysia and Thailand. Since then, there has been an increasing interest in this rotorcraft, especially in the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 22-Mar-16

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Thai Aviation Services orders five S-76D and two S-92

Thai Aviation Services orders five S-76D and two S-92

Thai Aviation Services has informed Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), of the decision to renew its existing fleet of commercial helicopters with five S-76D™ medium lift and two S-92® heavy lift aircraft. Selection of an all-new Sikorsky aircraft fleet will enable the Bangkok-based operator to continue its track record of providing safe, reliable… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 01-Mar-16

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FAA downgrades Thailand safety rating

FAA downgrades Thailand safety rating

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced that the Kingdom of Thailand does not comply with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) safety standards and has been assigned a Category 2 rating based on a reassessment of the country’s civil aviation authority. U.S. and Thai aviation officials have a long-standing cooperative relationship… Read more »

Source: FAA, 02-Dec-15

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Thailand – New H130 for Advance Aviation

Thailand – New H130 for Advance Aviation

Thai operator Advance Aviation has posted to their Facebook page a photo of their new acquisition Airbus H130, serial 8090.  Still currently on test flights with Airbus Helicopters South East Asia in Singapore carrying French test registration F-WTCP, the aircraft will become HS-JCN once it becomes operational on Advance’s fleet in Thailand in the new… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Nov-15

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15-Oct-15 Bell Hc – Mong Kua, Thailand

Developed an engine problem and was forced to put down in a banana plantation.  Helicopter damaged, extent unknown

15-Oct-15

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CAS awarded $8.6M for running Utility Helicopter Project Office at Huntsville

CAS awarded $8.6M for running Utility Helicopter Project Office at Huntsville

CAS Inc., Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded a $8,651,520 modification (003873) to foreign military sales contract (Mexico, Egypt, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, Colombia, Jordan, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Sweden, Slovakia) W31P4Q-05-A-0024 for labor hours and travel  supporting the Utility Helicopter Project Office.  Work will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama, with an estimated completion date of March… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 08-Sep-15

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Royal Thai Air Force receives four EC725s

Royal Thai Air Force receives four EC725s

Airbus Helicopters has completed delivery of an initial four EC725s to the Royal Thai Air Force, providing highly-capable rotorcraft for this military service’s search and rescue and troop transport duties. The order of four EC725s was signed in 2012, with the deliveries having just been completed. They are expected to begin operations later this month…. Read more »

Source: Airbus, 26-Aug-15

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Royal Thai Air Force receives three H225M with one more due

Royal Thai Air Force receives three H225M with one more due

The Royal Thai Air Force ordered four H225M helicopters for SAR work back in September 2012 – when the model was known as the EC725 – and has now received the first three airframes at their base at Lop Buri.  The three are serialled 20301, 20302 and 20303. In a ceremony on 3rd June, Air… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Jun-15

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22-Apr-15 HS-PLL Robinson R44 Koh Kret, Thailand

Crashed and ended on its port side in farm field. Female passenger slightly wounded, while the two men were transported by a local rescue team to Chonpratan Hospital

22-Apr-15

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Airbus Defense awarded $9M contract for Thai UH-72A work

Airbus Defense awarded $9M contract for Thai UH-72A work

Airbus Defense & Space Inc., Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $9,360,135 firm-fixed-price foreign military sales contract (Thailand) for UH-72A helicopter support, hardware, and services for the Royal Thai Army. Work will be performed in Thailand with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2017. One bid was solicited with one received. Fiscal 2015 other procurement… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 19-Apr-15

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Weststar awarded five year contract for two AW139s

Weststar awarded five year contract for two AW139s

Weststar Aviation Services has today started a new contract operating two AW139 helicopters to expand operations for oil and gas exploration under the Malaysia-Thailand Joint Authority.  Weststar are providing the helicopters to Carigali Hess Operating Company and Carigali PTTEPI Operating Company Sdn Bhd. The contract is worth 370 million Malaysian Ringgit ($100M), and will see the pair of helicopters… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Apr-15

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Vector Aerospace contracted by Royal Thai Navy for complete S-76B refurbishment

Vector Aerospace contracted by Royal Thai Navy for complete S-76B refurbishment

Vector Aerospace Corporation (“Vector Aerospace”), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (“MRO”) services, is pleased to announce that Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services – North America (“HS-NA”) has been awarded a contract by the Royal Thai Navy (“RTN”) for the airframe refurbishment of one of the RTN’s Sikorsky S-76B aircraft including a complete… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 03-Mar-15

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First Royal Thai Army pilots, engineers complete UH-72A training

First Royal Thai Army pilots, engineers complete UH-72A training

Six pilots and 10 maintenance technicians from the Royal Thai Army have successfully completed training to fly and maintain the UH-72A Lakota, the initial group of Thai pilots and aircraft maintenance technicians that will be trained to operate Lakotas for Thailand. The Thai pilots and technicians were honored Friday in a graduation ceremony at Airbus… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 01-Mar-15

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Royal Thai Army signs for six VIP EC145T2s

Royal Thai Army signs for six VIP EC145T2s

A further addition to the Royal Thai Army’s rotorcraft fleet has been committed with the acquisition of six Airbus Helicopters light-utility EC145 T2, which is the newest and most powerful model in Airbus Helicopters’ proven EC145 light twin-engine helicopter family. The Royal Thai Army signed for six EC145 T2s with a VIP installation, under the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 23-Feb-15

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21-Dec-14 Bell 206B Kampung Poyak, Thailand

Crashed in bad weather in a rubber plantation, during flood relief operations.  Four POB named as pilots Capt Seksan Puraphol and Lt Apisit Prahacha, plus aircraft mechanics Pol Sgt Major Sa-ngun Muengkamrueng, and Pol Sgt Major Kittipong Saeng-Thit

21-Dec-14

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Royal Thai Navy and Air Force acquire five EC645T2 and two EC725s

Royal Thai Navy and Air Force acquire five EC645T2 and two EC725s

The airborne capabilities of Thailand’s navy and air force will be significantly enhanced with the acquisition of two mission-ready Airbus Helicopters rotorcraft types: the light-utility EC645 T2 and the 11-ton-class EC725. The Royal Thai Navy signed for five EC645 T2s to be deployed on transport duties and other missions, with deliveries scheduled to begin in… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 23-Oct-14

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Royal Thai Army order six UH-72A Lakotas

Royal Thai Army order six UH-72A Lakotas

EADS-N.A., Herndon, Va., was awarded a $34,018,858 modification (P00772) to sole-source, foreign military sales contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 for six Lakota helicopters with the environmental control unit, mission equipment package and airborne radio communication (ARC-231) radios for the Royal Thai Army. Fiscal 2010 other procurement, Army funds in the amount of $34,018,857 were obligated at the time… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Mar-14

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Royal Thai Army takes delivery of two AW139s

Royal Thai Army takes delivery of two AW139s

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the Royal Thai Army has taken delivery of two AW139 twin-engine helicopters. Ordered at the end of 2012, these aircraft will perform transport and utility missions across the nation. The contract, which also includes a comprehensive maintenance and training package, marks the entrance of the AW139… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 11-Feb-14

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Weststar starts seven year offshore contract in Thailand

Weststar starts seven year offshore contract in Thailand

Weststar Aviation Services Sdn. Bhd., a member of the Weststar Group of Companies, today announced the successful launch of its first regional expansion in Asia after its new Songkhla base in Thailand commenced operations on a seven-year PTT Exploration and Production (PTTEP) contract last Friday. Weststar Aviation Services expansion into Thailand comes after a joint… Read more »

Source: Weststar, 07-Feb-14

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03-Feb-14 Schweizer 300C Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand

Crashed onto truck on runway during night training flight

03-Feb-14

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Thailand – SFS Aviation to add fifth AW139

Thailand – SFS Aviation to add fifth AW139

SFS Aviation currently operate a fleet of four AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters. With the first two purchased in 2011 – one new and one pre-owned – the Thai operator has purchased one new aircraft in each of 2012 and 2013. The trend is set to continue with a further example to be added in 2014.  No… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Jan-14

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Royal Thai Army add R44 – with training from Heliluck and Mornington Sanford Aviation

Royal Thai Army add R44 – with training from Heliluck and Mornington Sanford Aviation

The Thai Army are taking delivery of a Robinson R44 Raven II – serial 13525 – for evaluation, and it is scheduled to arrive in-country this month. Local operator – and Robinson dealer in Thailand – Heliluck Aviation is handling the whole project, with Richard Mornington Sanford of Mornington Sanford Aviation providing R44 type training… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Dec-13

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Eurocopter takes EC175 and EC145T2 on three-week tour of Asia

Eurocopter takes EC175 and EC145T2 on three-week tour of Asia

Two of Eurocopter’s newest members in its twin-engine helicopter family – the next-generation EC175 and evolved EC145 T2 – are coming to Asia for a three-week demonstration tour with operators in the oil and gas, VIP, corporate, charter, military and law enforcement segments. In addition to providing opportunities to experience the performance and capabilities of… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 03-Dec-13

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LCI delivers new AW139 to Thailand’s SFS Aviation

LCI delivers new AW139 to Thailand’s SFS Aviation

Lease Corporation International (LCI), the aviation division of the Libra Group, has delivered a new AgustaWestland AW139 helicopter to SFS Aviation in Asia. SFS Aviation, the first operator of the AW139 in Thailand, has leased the helicopter as part of a medium-term commitment, and it will be used by to provide offshore support services to… Read more »

Source: LCI, 12-Nov-13

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09-Oct-13 Bell Pattani, Thailand

Contacted wires while inspecting high-voltage transmission towers, causing the helicopter to crash into the Sai Bo La Yu Canal in Tambon Thepa.  Occupants, reported as ten in number (to inspect powerlines??) all escaped without serious injury

09-Oct-13

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Thailand requests six UH-72A Lakotas

Thailand requests six UH-72A Lakotas

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress June 7 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Thailand of 6 UH-72A Lakota Helicopters and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $77 million. The Government of Thailand has requested a possible sale of 6 UH-72A Lakota Helicopters, spare and repair parts,… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 24-Jun-13

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Helipartner Thailand orders 10 Eurocopter AS350B3e to lease out

Helipartner Thailand orders 10 Eurocopter AS350B3e to lease out

Helipartner Thailand’s order of 10 AS350 B3e highlights the effectiveness and capabilities of this Ecureuil family helicopter to meet the increasing demand for light helicopters in the ASEAN region. The acquisition of 10 Eurocopter enhanced high-performance AS350 B3e helicopters by Helipartner Thailand responds to increased demand for high-performance utility helicopters across ASEAN countries in support… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 19-Jun-13

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17-Jun-13 Bell UH-1 Ban Na district, Thailand

Eight POB, five injured of which one serious.  Emergency landing after reported tail rotor problem

17-Jun-13

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Sikorsky awarded $11M contract for one UH-60M for Thailand

Sikorsky awarded $11M contract for one UH-60M for Thailand

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Conn., was awarded an $11,377,277 modification (P00055), to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, foreign-military-sales contract (W58RGZ-12-C-0008), to procure one UH-60M aircraft and related equipment.  This FMS contract is in support of Thailand.  The cumulative total face value of this contract is $4,819,188,496.  Fiscal 2013 Procurement funds are being obligated on this award…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 09-May-13

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Three UH-60M Black Hawks arrive in Thailand

Three UH-60M Black Hawks arrive in Thailand

Following the FMS request made by Thailand in July 2011 (see story), the aircraft arrived in country on Monday of this week.  The three had been shipped on the containership Rickmers Seoul, and arrived at Laem Chabang after a voyage from New Orleans. The trio carry local military serials of 7220, 7221 and 7222 The US… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Apr-13

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Ramco Systems sells software to Thai helicopter operator

Ramco Systems sells software to Thai helicopter operator

Ramco Systems, the global Aviation Software provider on Cloud, Mobile and Tablets continues its successful voyage through the year by signing 10 aviation deals in FY 2012-13. This includes aviation majors such as Emirates, GoAir, Air Tahiti, Caribbean Airlines, Hevilift among others. The last quarter of the financial year saw four new wins including a… Read more »

Source: Ramco Systems, 10-Apr-13

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Sikorsky awarded $27M contract for work on Thai UH-60M

Sikorsky awarded $27M contract for work on Thai UH-60M

Sikorsky, Stratford, Conn., was awarded a $26,900,000 firm-fixed-price contract. This is a modification to convert UH-60M green aircraft and provided associated services for the Royal Thailand Army. This contract is in support of foreign military sales. Work will be performed in Stratford, with an estimated completion date of April 30, 2016. One bid was solicited,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 22-Mar-13

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20-Feb-13 Boeing CH-46E Phitsanulok, Thailand

Hard emergency landing in a forest in Phitsanulok province.  Four of six (or seven?) occupants were admitted to hospital – Brigan Forney, Sarah Smith, Matthew Marcinko and Gavin Christian. Brigan Forney is reported to be suffering serious burns.  Helicopter was taking part in Exercise “Cobra Gold 2013”

20-Feb-13

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Ospreys make debut in Thailand

Ospreys make debut in Thailand

Four MV-22B Ospreys landed at Wing One Royal Thai Air Force Base, Nakhon Ratchasima, Kingdom of Thailand, Feb. 8 in preparation for exercise Cobra Gold 2013. This marks the first time the aircraft has appeared in Thailand, which can be added to its list of accomplishments. The Ospreys are assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 14-Feb-13

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New EC130 for Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand

New EC130 for Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand

The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand has recently taken delivery of a new Eurocopter EC130B4, serial 7461.  Now registered HS-YHF, the aircraft was prepared by Eurocopter South East Asia in Singapore and test flown there as 9V-HBC. The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand also operates a Eurocopter AS350B2 which was delivered in 2007, and a… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Jan-13

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Royal Thai Army signs for two AW139s

Royal Thai Army signs for two AW139s

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the Royal Thai Army has signed a contract for two AW139 twin-engine helicopters. These aircraft will be delivered in 2014 to perform transport and utility missions across the nation. The contract, which also includes a comprehensive maintenance and training package, marks the entrance of the AW139… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 09-Oct-12

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Eurocopter to supply four SAR EC725 to Royal Thai Air Force

Eurocopter to supply four SAR EC725 to Royal Thai Air Force

[HeliHub.com had already run a story over two weeks ago to say the Thai Government had approved this sale – this is Eurocopter’s press release following the contract signature] A contract was signed today between Eurocopter and the Royal Thai Air Force for the supply of four EC725 helicopters, configured for search and rescue missions…. Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 19-Sep-12

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Thailand orders four EC725s for SAR

Thailand orders four EC725s for SAR

The Thai Government has in the last week approved the purchase of four Eurocopter EC725 helicopters for SAR work by the Royal Thai Air Force.  These are thought to be the first four of a potential order for ten, with a further batch to be confirmed in later years.  They will certainly modernise the SAR… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Sep-12

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Enstrom delivers last of 16 480Bs to Royal Thai Army

Enstrom delivers last of 16 480Bs to Royal Thai Army

Enstrom Helicopter Corporation recently completed delivery of 16 480B turbine training/utility helicopters for the Royal Thai Army (RTA).  The deliveries were completed on budget, and ahead of contracted requirements. “I am extremely proud of our team,” said Enstrom’s President & CEO, Jerry Mullins.  “From contract signing to final delivery we completed this program in just… Read more »

Source: Enstrom, 28-Aug-12

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Thailand’s first AS355NP operated by Heliluck

Thailand’s first AS355NP operated by Heliluck

Thai operator Heliluck Aviation Co has recently started operations of the country’s first Eurocopter AS355NP.  Serial 5766 and delivered via Eurocopter South East Asia in Singapore, HS-PNG is role-equipped as a filming platform and commences operations immediately on contract to a local television station. The helicopter is a fully ENG unit, with Gyro Cineflex V14… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Aug-12

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Thailand to be first UH-60M operator in Southeast Asia

Thailand to be first UH-60M operator in Southeast Asia

Sikorsky today announced that the Royal Thai Army has signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) to acquire two UH-60M BLACK HAWK helicopters through the United States Government’s Foreign Military Sales channel. Upon delivery, Thailand will become the first member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to fly the very latest version… Read more »

Source: UTC, 09-Jul-12

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Thailand – new helipads for Phuket Islands

Thailand – new helipads for Phuket Islands

The Royal Thai Navy hopes to have a rescue helicopter landing pad ready to operate on Racha island, in June.   Paitoon Panchaiyabhum, of the Phuket Marine Biological Centre, said that the Navy plans to have helipads approved for other islands off Phuket.

Source: Phuket Wan, 30-May-12

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Sikorsky S-92 tour honours military heroes in Thailand

Sikorsky S-92 tour honours military heroes in Thailand

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.’s S-92® “Legacy of Heroes” (LOH) helicopter will visit Thailand this week as part of its world tour, continuing to demonstrate the aircraft’s capability tocustomers while saluting first responders in the Asia region. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) The Thailand trip will feature several demonstrations of the aircraft for customers. The major sectors of the Thailand military forces… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 26-Feb-12

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Sikorsky S-92® “Legacy of Heroes” tour to honour military heroes in Thailand

Sikorsky S-92® “Legacy of Heroes” tour to honour military heroes in Thailand

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.’s S-92® “Legacy of Heroes” (LOH) helicopter will visit Thailand this week as part of its world tour, continuing to demonstrate the aircraft’s capability to customers while saluting first responders in the Asia region. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. The Thailand trip will feature several demonstrations of the aircraft for… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 21-Feb-12

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Thailand’s Advance Aviation takes delivery of EC135P2+

Thailand’s Advance Aviation takes delivery of EC135P2+

In an acceptance ceremony at the Singapore Airshow 2012, Eurocopter and Advance Aviation officialised the handing over of a brand new EC135 P2+.  This will be Advance Aviation’s fourth aircraft in a Eurocopter-only fleet, for its VIP chartering business. Advance Aviation is Thailand’s largest civil helicopter operator, specialized in the provision of VIP helicopter chartering… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 21-Feb-12

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Bell to refurbish Royal Thai Army 212s

Bell to refurbish Royal Thai Army 212s

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today it received a contract to modify and refurbish eight Royal Thai Army Bell 212 helicopters.  Bell Helicopter Asia will work with Bell Helicopter’s independent representative Royal Airport Services on this in-country program. “Modifying and refurbishing these Bell 212s will provide the Royal Thai Army improved… Read more »

Source: Bell, 15-Feb-12

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Enstrom rep in Thailand receives award from US Commercial Service

Enstrom rep in Thailand receives award from US Commercial Service

Enstrom Helicopter Corporation’s representative in Thailand, M-Landarch Inc., recently received a prestigious award from the US Commercial Service.  The “Excellence in Trade Platinum” award was given for outstanding achievement in promoting trade between the United States and Thailand in 2011.  M-Landarch was instrumental in securing Enstrom’s contract to supply 16 model 480B turbine training helicopters… Read more »

Source: Enstrom, 14-Feb-12

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Deliveries of Enstrom 480 to Royal Thai Army pass the half-way mark

Deliveries of Enstrom 480 to Royal Thai Army pass the half-way mark

Enstrom Helicopter Corporation transferred ownership of 4 new 480B turbine helicopters to the Royal Thai Army (RTA) on January 20th in Lop Buri, Thailand.  This acceptance brings the total number of aircraft operated by the RTA to 10, of the 16 training/utility helicopters contracted for the Royal Thai Army. The 480Bs were purchased to provide… Read more »

Source: Enstrom, 12-Feb-12

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Thai operator flies staff to California for R44 part

Thai operator flies staff to California for R44 part

Thai operator Heliluck has recently sent staff on flights to California and back, solely to pick up an auxiliary fuel pump for a R44 Newscopter which was grounded. Robinson took the part off an aircraft on the production line. Round trip was reported as 37 hours, according to Robinson Safety Course trainer Richard Mornington-Sanford on… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Jan-12

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Enstrom delivers four more 480s to Royal Thai Army

Enstrom delivers four more 480s to Royal Thai Army

Enstrom Helicopter Corporation recently shipped four new 480B turbine helicopters to Thailand. The helicopters are part of a program for 16 training/utility helicopters for the Royal Thai Army. Enstrom has already delivered six helicopters, and these have entered service for the RTA. “This is an exciting time for Enstrom,” said Enstrom’s President & CEO, Jerry… Read more »

Source: Enstrom, 13-Dec-11

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Thailand: SFS Aviation orders an AW139

Thailand: SFS Aviation orders an AW139

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that SFS Aviation of Thailand has signed a contract for an AW139 medium twin helicopter. The aircraft will be delivered later this month and will be used for offshore transport operations in the Gulf of Thailand from its Songkhla base in southern Thailand. Vincenzo Alaimo, Head of… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 07-Dec-11

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Thailand: Best Ocean Airpark orders two R44s

Thailand: Best Ocean Airpark orders two R44s

Best Ocean Airpark has ordered two new Robinson R44 helicopters and is expecting to take delivery of them in November. Best Ocean Airpark is a US-style residential complex based around a private 860 meter runway, but also provide a flying club as part of the facilities.  The airstrip opened in August 2009. All houses back… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Oct-11

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Pair of MH-60S head to Thailand in first international delivery

Pair of MH-60S head to Thailand in first international delivery

Two MH-60S SEAHAWK® helicopters flew into the Port of Baltimore headed to the Royal Thai Navy, marking the first delivery of the MH-60 to an international customer. The U.S. Navy flew the aircraft from Owego, N.Y., to the Port of Baltimore, Md., ahead of their ocean voyage to Thailand. The aircraft were acquired via the… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 08-Aug-11

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Thai Police want clarification of possible buildings at helicopter crash sites

Thai Police want clarification of possible buildings at helicopter crash sites

National police chief Wichean Potephosree has ordered a probe into some released satellite images that show a group of buildings near where the first two army helicopters crashed on July 16 and July 19.  (Full story)   See also HeliHub.com report on recent accidents in Thailand

03-Aug-11

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First three Enstrom 480s deliverd to Royal Thai Army

First three Enstrom 480s deliverd to Royal Thai Army

Enstrom Helicopter Corporation has delivered the first three, of a total of 16, 480B turbine training/utility helicopters to the Royal Thai Army. The delivery took place at the Royal Thai Army air base in Lop Buri, Thailand, and was followed by an official acceptance ceremony, blessing, and aerial parade for the Royal Thai Army’s top… Read more »

Source: Enstrom, 02-Aug-11

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27-Jul-11 Bell UH-1H Udon Thani, Thailand

Emergency landing in rice field

27-Jul-11

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Thailand requests three UH-60M Blackhawks

Thailand requests three UH-60M Blackhawks

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress Tuesday of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Thailand for three UH-60M Black Hawk Helicopters and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $235 million. The Government of Thailand has requested a possible sale of three UH-60M Black Hawk Helicopters,… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 24-Jul-11

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Royal Thai Army suffer third fatal helicopter accident in nine days

Royal Thai Army suffer third fatal helicopter accident in nine days

Thailand has today suffered a third fatal helicopter accident in just nine days, claiming a total of 17 lives.  All three are operationally related – the third involved in the rescue of the second, which was itself on a mission related to the first accident. On 16th July, a Bell UH-1H crashed in Petchaburi Province,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Jul-11

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24-Jul-11 35098 Bell 212 Phetchaburi province, Thailand (3F)

Departed from Lopburi Air Force Base bound for the crash site of a Black Hawk which went down on 19th, Unfortunately this too had an accident, killing three of the four aboard.  Survivor was mechanic Sergent Pattanaporn Tonchan

24-Jul-11

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16-Jul-11 Bell UH-1 Phetchaburi, Thailand (5F)

The helicopter, from Thap Phraya Sua Camp in Ratchaburi’s Suan Phung district, crashed into a mountain in a bad weather while on a mission to remove civilians who had been trapped in Kaeng Krachan National Park.  Deceased named as Pilots Maj Kitisak Chin-iam, and Lt Pratya Nualsri plus passengers Maj Kitiphum Ekkaphan, SM1 Rangsan Polsaibua… Read more »

16-Jul-11

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New contracts for Heli-One in Lithuania, Norway, Germany and Thailand

New contracts for Heli-One in Lithuania, Norway, Germany and Thailand

Heli-One continues to cement its reputation as a leading helicopter integrator after winning a contract to upgrade the Lithuanian State Border Guard’s fleet of EC-135 helicopters. Heli-One will begin integrating new mission communication equipment in the EC-135 helicopters as a part of a two-aircraft upgrade, set to commence in June. The total value of the… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 20-Jun-11

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Sikorsky delivers Three VVIP S-92s to Royal Thai Air Force

Sikorsky delivers Three VVIP S-92s to Royal Thai Air Force

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has delivered three VVIP S-92® helicopters to the Royal Thai Air Force, introducing the first high-end LifePort medical system into an S-92 aircraft. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX). Sikorsky helicopters have been in use by Thailand military forces since 1996 including those being flown by the Royal Thai… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 19-May-11

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Enstrom begins Royal Thai Army aircraft production

Enstrom begins Royal Thai Army aircraft production

Enstrom Helicopter Corporation would like to announce that the first three, of a contracted sixteen, 480B advanced turbine training helicopters for the Royal Thai Army have been completed at the Enstrom factory.  The aircraft have been equipped with a number of advanced features, including NVG compatible cockpits, Chelton EFIS systems, and dual Wulfsberg RT-5000 tactical… Read more »

Source: Enstrom, 22-Mar-11

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Enstrom begins Royal Thai Army aircraft production

Enstrom begins Royal Thai Army aircraft production

Enstrom Helicopter Corporation would like to announce that the first three, of a contracted sixteen, 480B advanced turbine training helicopters for the Royal Thai Army have been completed at the Enstrom factory. The aircraft have been equipped with a number of advanced features, including NVG compatible cockpits, Chelton EFIS systems, and dual Wulfsberg RT-5000 tactical… Read more »

Source: Enstrom, 10-Mar-11

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Royal Thai Police takes delivery of three EC155s

Royal Thai Police takes delivery of three EC155s

Following an order announced in October 2009, the Royal Thai Police have recently taken delivery of three Eurocopter Ec155B1 helicopters.   These 3 new medium weight twin-engine helicopters will be dedicated to VVIP missions, and add to two others which have been operated since early 2005. When the order was announced at the Asian Aerospace event,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Feb-11

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