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Germany Defends their Tiger Helicopters after Mali Crash

Germany Defends their Tiger Helicopters after Mali Crash

Wednesday saw a fatal crash of one of Germany’s Tiger helicopters, which killed two of its crew members in Mali. The German defence ministry sent four Tiger helicopters to Mali as part of a U.N peacekeeping project. The helicopters were not shot down or brought down by attack and indications show there might have been… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Aug-17

China sends first peacekeeping helicopter unit

China sends first peacekeeping helicopter unit

This last Sunday saw the arrival of China’s first helicopter unit at Khartoum. This unit will join the United Nations African Union Mission in Darfur, reports Xinhua Net.

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Jun-17

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United Nations seeks return of Indian military helicopters

United Nations seeks return of Indian military helicopters

The United Nations has sought return of Indian Air Force helicopters to the peace keeping mission in Congo, almost three years after New Delhi withdrew the them due to domestic requirements. See Full Story

Source: DH, 14-Jan-15

Sri Lanka deploys unit under UN Mission in Central African Republic

Sri Lanka deploys unit under UN Mission in Central African Republic

The Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) is due to deploy an Aviation Unit under the United Nations Multidimensional Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic(MINUSCA) which has been established under chapter vi to viii of United Nations (UN) Security Council resolution 2149 (2014). This is the first ever aircraft deployment by Sri Lanka and SLAF… Read more »

Source: SLAF, 12-Sep-14

Ukraine – New military leaders try repossessing 26 leased Mi-8s

Ukraine – New military leaders try repossessing 26 leased Mi-8s

The following is an electronic translation of Ukrainian Helicopters response to an assertion by the new military leadership in Ukraine that the 26 Mi-8MTV-1 helicopters leased from the military should be returned, claiming breach of contract per this story  Airline “Ukrainian Helicopters” for more than ten years of experience in the international air transport market,… Read more »

Source: Ukrainian Helicopters, 16-Jun-14

UN Mission Leadership recognizes UTair for Air Transport Operations in Sudan

UN Mission Leadership recognizes UTair for Air Transport Operations in Sudan

Meeting with UTair Aviation representatives serving the UN Mission in Sudan Brigadier General Iyoma Nvokondo Iyoma, commanding the southern sector of the African Union/United Nations hybrid operation in Darfur (UNAMID) expressed his gratitude to the entire airline staff and presented UTair representatives with a special award, the Scroll of Honor. UTair has provided air transport services… Read more »

Source: UTair, 01-Apr-14

HAI President Attends Russian UN Session

HAI President Attends Russian UN Session

On Thursday, October 10, HAI President Matt Zuccaro attended a meeting at the Russian Federation Mission to the United Nations in Manhattan, N.Y. where UTair, an HAI member and largest Russian helicopter operator, presented its annual report regarding the company’s activities over the past year. UTair showcased the company’s newest air transport services for UN… Read more »

Source: HAI, 19-Nov-13

Sandel HeliTAWS units chosen for UN helicopters

Sandel HeliTAWS units chosen for UN helicopters

More than 30 Sandel Avionics HeliTAWS units will be installed in United Nations helicopters under an agreement announced at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) convention and exhibition in Las Vegas, Nev. Aviation Partners Group (APG) of Punta Gorda, Fla. placed the purchase order for the ST3400H helicopter terrain awareness and warning systems (HTAWS), which… Read more »

Source: Sandel Avionics, 28-Oct-13

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29-Sep-13 Mil Mi-8 Zalingei, Sudan

UN helicopter developed a technical fault en route Zalingei to Nertiti, in Central Darfur.  Pilot turned back to Zalingei helipad and during the emergency landing the aircraft crashed and was badly damaged. All 19 passengers and 4 crew were safely evacuated, of which three passengers suffered minor injuries

29-Sep-13

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Ukraine moving UN detachment from Liberia to Ivory Coast

Ukraine moving UN detachment from Liberia to Ivory Coast

Ten servicemen of the 56th Detached Helicopter Unit of the United Nations Mission in Liberia left for Côte d’Ivoire. The main aim of this operation is to prepare the base camp and the airfield for the Detached Aviation Group of the 56th DHU, including three Mi-24 and 38 servicemen who will participate in the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire and trans-boundary operations. “This movement is organized in three phases,” tells Col. Petro Plis…. Read more »

Source: Ukraine Ministry of Defence, 09-Jul-13

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UTair South Africa becomes official supplier to UN

UTair South Africa becomes official supplier to UN

[electronic translation] Airline UTair South Africa (South Africa), part of the air group, “UTair”, registered as an official supplier of aviation services to the United Nations. Registered preceded by the successful completion of the airline technical audit for compliance with ICAO aviation and UN standards. Since 2004, UTair South Africa performs a series of air services… Read more »

Source: UTair, 14-May-13

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21-Dec-12 RA-27003 Mil MI-8AMT Likuangole, Sudan (4F)

Shot down – four Russian nationals on board all died – named later in a UN statement as Pilot in Command Ilin Sergei, Co-Pilot Abrakov Alfir, Flight Engineer Egorov Sergei and Flight Attendant Shpanov Nikolai

21-Dec-12

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UTair staff and helicopters flee Congo conflict zone

UTair staff and helicopters flee Congo conflict zone

Staff and helicopters of “Airline” UTair »(UTair Aviation) were evacuated from the airport of Goma (DRC) due to a conflict in the region. Within a few hours after taking off from Goma Mi-8AMT “UTair” and Mi-8 MTV of “Nefteyugansk United Air” (part of “UTair”), the city was seized by armed rebels. Helicopters and crew made a stopover… Read more »

Source: UTair, 25-Nov-12

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EC funds two Mi-8s for UN World Food Program

EC funds two Mi-8s for UN World Food Program

Quick and safe access to humanitarian crises is at times difficult and often altogether impossible when infrastructure such as roads and bridges are destroyed or conflict makes them too dangerous to use. This means that assistance cannot reach people in need fast enough and such a delay may lead to loss of lives. The European… Read more »

Source: ECHO Nairobi, 08-Dec-11

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India ready to withdrawn final 4 helicopters from UN operations

India ready to withdrawn final 4 helicopters from UN operations

The Telegraph India has reported that India is preparing to withdraw the last four Mi-35 attack helicopters next month, citing strong domestic need for the aircraft. The contract with Monusco (the UN’s mission in Democratic Republic of Congo) expires in less than two weeks on 4th July.  However, the Congo is heading towards a residential… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Jun-11

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Kidnapped Bulgarian UN air crew freed after six months captivity in Sudan

Kidnapped Bulgarian UN air crew freed after six months captivity in Sudan

Three Bulgarian air crew working for the United Nations have been released after they were kidnapped six months ago in Darfur. The Bulgarian Foreign Ministry said all three were Bulgarian nationals working for Heli Air Services contracted to the United Nations.

Source: DefenceWeb, 08-Jun-11

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World Food Programme organize Helicopter SMS work shop in Dubai

World Food Programme organize Helicopter SMS work shop in Dubai

The rising demand on the Helicopter Sector as being  one of the safest, fastest and most versatile transportation method, improving the safety standards where practical is an urge and responding to that the World Food programme Aviation Safety Unite – Sharjah office and as a continuing effort to improve safety standard is organizing: WFP Helicopter… Read more »

Source: World Food Programme, 29-Apr-11

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UN condemns attack on peacekeeper helicopter

UN condemns attack on peacekeeper helicopter

A helicopter belonging to the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), was shot at on Monday afternoon while on a reconnaissance flight above Duekoué. Elements of the Forces Républicaines de Côte d’Ivoire (FRCI) fired at the helicopter, but failed to hit it. UNOCI strongly condemns this attack against its peacekeepers, which could be considered… Read more »

Source: UNOCI, 31-Mar-11

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UN apologizes to Belarus for reporting it broke Côte d’Ivoire arms embargo

UN apologizes to Belarus for reporting it broke Côte d’Ivoire arms embargo

The United Nations publicly apologized to Belarus today for an inaccurate report from its mission in Côte d’Ivoire that Belarus had supplied attack helicopters to former President Laurent Gbagbo in violation of an arms embargo on the strife-torn West African country. “This [is a] troubling event and a mistaken report,” Under-Secretary-General Alain Le Roy, head… Read more »

Source: United Nations, 03-Mar-11

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UN calls for arms embargo compliance as Côte d’Ivoire reportedly acquires attack helicopters

UN calls for arms embargo compliance as Côte d’Ivoire reportedly acquires attack helicopters

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for full compliance with the United Nations arms embargo placed on Côte d’Ivoire after reports that attack helicopters have been provided to forces loyal to former president Laurent Gbagbo. “The Secretary-General demands full compliance with the arms embargo and warns both the supplier of this military equipment and Mr. Gbagbo… Read more »

Source: United Nations, 01-Mar-11

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UN to give helicopters back to India by June

UN to give helicopters back to India by June

The helicopters that are being called back have to undergo overhauling, including the changing the UN colours. The Indian Air Force has 11 Mi-17s and eight Mi-35s in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In Sudan, the IAF has deployed six M-17s.

Source: Hindustan Times, 25-Jan-11

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UN calls for more helicopters in Ivory Coast

UN calls for more helicopters in Ivory Coast

The UN Security Council held its its 6,469th meeting yesterday and decided inter alia to adopt Resolution 1967 which includes increased provision of helicopters in the Ivory Coast.  The pertinent paragraphs read as follows:- 3.  Decides to authorize the Secretary-General, further to resolution 1951 (2010) and paragraph 6 of resolution 1962 (2010), to extend by… Read more »

Source: UN, 20-Jan-11

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Bulgarian UN helicopter crew kidnapped in Sudan

Bulgarian UN helicopter crew kidnapped in Sudan

Three Bulgarian helicopter aircrew working on a UN contract were kidnapped in Sudan’s troubled Darfur region on Thursday, the United Nations and the Bulgarian foreign ministry said.

Source: Yahoo! News, 14-Jan-11

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Three Latvian air crew freed in Darfur after 36 days captivity

Three Latvian air crew freed in Darfur after 36 days captivity

KHARTOUM – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed the news that three Latvian men working as helicopter aircrew for the WFP United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) in the western Sudanese region of Darfur, have been freed after more than a month in captivity. WFP said that the three Latvians, a pilot,… Read more »

Source: UN World Food Programme, 10-Dec-10

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UN’s plea for helicopters in Congo going unheard

UN’s plea for helicopters in Congo going unheard

United Nations peacekeepers in Congo say they desperately need one thing above all: helicopters.

Source: Globe and Mail, 21-Oct-10

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Sudan: UN strengthens helicopter fleet for logistical work in referendum

Sudan: UN strengthens helicopter fleet for logistical work in referendum

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Sudan now has 24 helicopters, an increase of eight, to help move 120 tons of material for the January referendum that will decide whether southern Sudan declares independence from Africa’s largest country, a senior official said today. “We have a large mission support capability here in the south as… Read more »

Source: United Nations, 20-Oct-10

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Russian air crew freed in Darfur

Russian air crew freed in Darfur

Three Russian helicopter crew members have been freed a day after they were abducted in Sudan’s war-torn western region of Darfur, a Sudanese army spokesman says

Source: Reuters, 31-Aug-10

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Three Russian pilots kidnapped in Darfur

Three Russian pilots kidnapped in Darfur

Three Russian helicopter pilots were abducted Sunday at Nyala in Darfur, a region plagued by civil war. This is the second kidnapping of foreign nationals in two weeks in the west of the Sudanese province.

Source: RFI, 31-Aug-10

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Missing Russian helicopter pilot found safe in Darfur

Missing Russian helicopter pilot found safe in Darfur

29 July 2010 – A Russian helicopter pilot missing since the start of the week was found safe late today in southern Darfur, the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in the war-ravaged Sudanese region confirmed. On Monday, a UNAMID helicopter had picked up three representatives of the rebel group known as the Liberty and Justice… Read more »

Source: United Nations, 30-Jul-10

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Uruguay sends two Bell 212s for UN work in Congo

Uruguay sends two Bell 212s for UN work in Congo

Next Monday, the Air Force will deploy two twin-engine Bell 212 helicopters to meet humanitarian missions in Bukavu airport in the Republic of Congo.

Source: Uruguay al Dia, 22-Mar-10

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UNAMID Hails Arrival of Tactical Helicopters from Ethiopia

UNAMID Hails Arrival of Tactical Helicopters from Ethiopia

The African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) have received five MI-35 tactical helicopters from Ethiopia. The helicopters arrived in Nyala, South Darfur, with 15 pilots and crew members onboard.

Source: AllAfrica, 18-Feb-10

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Spain sending helicopters to UN mission in Lebanon

Spain sending helicopters to UN mission in Lebanon

A group of helicopters based in Canary participate in the mission that Spain takes place in Lebanon under the auspices of the United Nations Organization (UNO)

15-Jan-10

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UN plans BONUCA helicopter tender release

Source: Rotorhub, 15-Jul-09

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