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Leonardo exhibits new generation VIP helicopters at the Monaco Yacht Show

Leonardo exhibits new generation VIP helicopters at the Monaco Yacht Show

Leonardo, a leading manufacturer in the global helicopter industry, is exhibiting two of its most successful models in VIP/corporate transport configuration at the Monaco Yacht Show (27-30th September). The company is showcasing a GrandNew light twin and an AW169 light intermediate twin aircraft, both owned by a British private customer and used for VIP transport… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 28-Sep-17

Maverick Helicopters Soars To EDC Las Vegas 2018

Maverick Helicopters Soars To EDC Las Vegas 2018

Maverick Helicopters, the exclusive provider of helicopter travel to Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) Las Vegas, offers attendees the opportunity to elevate their festival experience with VIP flight transfers to and from EDC Las Vegas on May 18, 19 and 20, 2018. “We are thrilled to partner with EDC for the 8th consecutive year and offer… Read more »

Source: Maverick Helicopters, 26-Sep-17

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Luxaviation Helicopters acquires Starspeed

Luxaviation Helicopters acquires Starspeed

Luxaviation Helicopters, part of the Luxaviation Group, is today announcing the acquisition of Starspeed, the global helicopter management, charter and training company. The deal, Luxaviation Helicopters’ first acquisition since launching in February 2017, positions the company as the world’s largest VIP and VVIP helicopter operator. Luxaviation Helicopters will incorporate Starspeed’s fleet of 23 helicopters into… Read more »

12-Sep-17

Leonardo reports more AW169 and GrandNew sales in Brazil

Leonardo reports more AW169 and GrandNew sales in Brazil

Leonardo announced today that further orders from Brazilian executive operators have strengthened the company’s position in country and worldwide as a leading provider of corporate and VIP helicopters. Most recently, one GrandNew helicopter was sold to a VIP operator in Brazil, and three firm orders were placed for AW169s. These aircraft will join the large… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 15-Aug-17

Mecaer delivers VIP AW139

Mecaer delivers VIP AW139

Mecaer Aviation Group, Inc. (MAG) announced today the delivery of a VIP configured AW139. The VIP interior for the AW139 is equipped with two of the company’s proprietary systems; sound reducing technology called SILENS (Sound Intensity Level Enhanced Noise System) and I-FEEL (In-Flight Enhanced Entertainment Lounge). The SILENS technology allows passengers to communicate without the… Read more »

Source: Mecaer Aviation Group, 11-Aug-17

Russian Helicopters has made its first Mi-171E

Russian Helicopters has made its first Mi-171E

Under the terms of the contract, the reconfigurable version of the Mi-171E was manufactured to allow for its use both as a transport aircraft and in the VIP cabin configuration. As a transport aircraft, the Mi-171E is capable of carrying up to 27 passengers in the jump seats and up to four tons of cargo… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 26-Apr-17

McMahon Helicopter Services appointed distributor for MD Helicopters

McMahon Helicopter Services appointed distributor for MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) is proud to announce the addition of McMahon Helicopter Services to its U.S. network of authorized sales representatives. Canton, Michigan-based McMahon provides customers with a wide range of helicopter charter services as well as sales and maintenance support. Authorized as a distributor for the full range of MD Helicopters’ single and twin-engine aircraft,… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 24-Apr-17

Falcon Aviation inaugurates VIP Heliport at Dubai South

Falcon Aviation inaugurates VIP Heliport at Dubai South

Falcon Aviation, the UAE’s leading business aviation services, charter and aircraft management Company, is bolstering its service offering at its new Dubai South VIP Terminal at Al Maktoum International (DWC), with an inauguration of a new VIP Heliport.  The Heliport will be run and managed by Falcon Aviation personnel and will be available to all… Read more »

Source: Falcon Aviation, 21-Apr-17

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Coachella-Copter By Brand X Aviation Departing Now

Coachella-Copter By Brand X Aviation Departing Now

Los Angeles-based helicopter charter service Brand X Aviation to offer luxury VIP helicopter service to and from this weekend’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, CA in its twin-engine Sikorsky S76 helicopter. “We are thrilled to be back this year offering this luxury experience to the faithful Coachella goers.  Starting the festival off… Read more »

Source: Brand X Aviation, 18-Apr-17

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Leonardo expands presence of the bestselling AW139 in Japan with first VIP helicopter sale

Leonardo expands presence of the bestselling AW139 in Japan with first VIP helicopter sale

Leonardo announced today a further expansion of its already significant presence in the Japan’s helicopter market with new contracts and deliveries, bringing total orders close to 160 units and aircraft fleet to nearly 120 units to date. A private customer has signed a contract for an AgustaWestland AW139 in VIP configuration marking the entrance of… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 09-Mar-17

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HeliFlite Destined for Part 135 VIP Service on Eastern Seaboard

HeliFlite Destined for Part 135 VIP Service on Eastern Seaboard

HeliFlite™ today announced the continued expansion of its fleet with the addition of its 10th twin engine/dual piloted helicopter, an AgustaWestland AW139.  The aircraft will be finished with a luxury executive cabin, providing ample room for as many as nine VIP passengers.   The aircraft will operate from the firm’s home base at Newark Liberty… Read more »

Source: HeliFlite, 08-Mar-17

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Vector upgrades RR M250-C47B to enhance Bell 407 performance

Vector upgrades RR M250-C47B to enhance Bell 407 performance

Vector Aerospace (www.vectoraerospace.com), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is reporting strong demand for the Rolls-Royce M250-C47B Value Improvement Package (VIP) upgrade, which is available to operators of Bell Helicopter’s best-selling platform, the Bell 407. Vector, an award-winning M250 Authorized Maintenance Repair and Overhaul Center (AMROC), has teamed up… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 05-Mar-17

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Luxaviation Helicopters launches as first global VIP helicopter management company

Luxaviation Helicopters launches as first global VIP helicopter management company

Luxaviation Helicopters, part of the Luxaviation Group, launches today as the first VIP helicopter management company with a truly global reach. Present in key locations spanning the Group’s worldwide operations in Africa, Asia-Pacific, the Caribbean, Europe, the Americas and the Middle East, Luxaviation Helicopters will manage VIP and VVIP helicopters for private and business clients…. Read more »

Source: Luxaviation Group, 02-Feb-17

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Rajasthan Government Enters into a Hiring Contract

Rajasthan Government Enters into a Hiring Contract

The Rajasthan Government has had difficulty in raising enough funds to procure a new helicopter and state plane, as well as difficulty in selling their AgustaWestland 109E Power the General Administration Department (GAD) has had to resort to hiring from private parties, entering into a year-long contract. As reported by The Times of India, the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Oct-16

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Universal Avionics confirms role in upgrade of S-76Bs for Sultan of Johor

Universal Avionics confirms role in upgrade of S-76Bs for Sultan of Johor

Universal Avionics is providing advanced avionics for two Sikorsky S-76B helicopters operated by His Majesty the Sultan of Johor’s Royal Flight. The upgraded, modern glass cockpit includes the installation of three EFI-890H Advanced Flight Displays (PFD-MFD-PFD) with Vision-1® Synthetic Vision System (SVS) and a UNS-1Fw Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS)-Flight Management System (FMS). The Universal Avionics… Read more »

Source: Universal Avionics, 21-Jun-16

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Heli-One Awarded EO/IR Contract in Korea

Heli-One Awarded EO/IR Contract in Korea

Heli-One, the world’s largest independent maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) company, has been awarded a contract by the Korean Defence Acquisition Program (DAPA) to complete the Electro-Optical Infrared (EO/IR) camera installation on the President of the Republic of Korea’s VH-92 aircraft. The VH-92 is the VIP transport variant of the Sikorsky S-92. “We are honoured… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 29-Feb-16

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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister plans rooftop helipad

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister plans rooftop helipad

N. Chandrababu Naidu, who long ago had made his mark in politics as one who ‘means business’, is poised to set yet another example to his counterparts in other States as a ‘high-flying Chief Minister’. See Full Story

Source: The Hindu, 22-Feb-16

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Bell delivers 412EP to Government of Uttar Pradesh

Bell delivers 412EP to Government of Uttar Pradesh

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the delivery of the first Bell 412EP with STC SR09600RC (Bell 412EPI) to the Government of Uttar Pradesh in India. The aircraft will be used for VIP transportation throughout the region. The Bell Helicopter team delivered the Bell 412EP in early December at the State… Read more »

Source: Bell, 15-Feb-16

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Uganda receives new VIP Mi-171E

Uganda receives new VIP Mi-171E

The Mi-171E helicopter supplied to Uganda is distinguished by its superior comfort cabin designed for 12 passengers.  It is fitted with soft leather-wrapped armchairs and comfortable furniture made from fine wood. Enhanced sound and vibration isolation, a modern multimedia system with widescreen displays and numerous audio dynamics significantly boost flight comfort.  Consumer convenience is ensured… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 11-Feb-16

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Rajasthan government prepares for new helicopter order

Rajasthan government prepares for new helicopter order

The Rajasthan government is all set to buy a new state chopper for the use of chief minister Vasundhara Raje. The directorate of civil aviation will soon consult with the finance department for the expenses. See Full Story

Source: The Times Of India, 06-Jan-16

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Indonesia orders three AW101s for VVIP work

Indonesia orders three AW101s for VVIP work

The Jakarta Post is reporting that the Indonesian Government have ordered three AW101 helicopters from AgustaWestland for VVIP work, quoting Air Force spokesman First Marshall Dwi Badarmanto saying that the aircraft had been included in the 2014-19 strategic plan.  The three helicopters will replace a single AS332 Super Puma, with the expectation that the scope… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Nov-15

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Honduras President upgrades with new Bell 412EP

Honduras President upgrades with new Bell 412EP

The Air Force of Honduras has recently taken delivery of a new Bell 412EP for the Presidential Flight.  It replaces an older 412SP which has been on charge in this role since 1988, and was one of a fleet of ten bought at that time.  It is not clear exactly how many of the original… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Jan-15

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Titan Accepts Delivery of Africa’s First S-76D

Titan Accepts Delivery of Africa’s First S-76D

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced today that Titan Helicopter Group (THG) has accepted delivery of the first S-76D(TM) helicopter that will operate in Africa. The aircraft is configured for offshore service. An acceptance ceremony was held Wednesday (Dec. 17) at Associated Aircraft Group (AAG), a Sikorsky company based in Wappingers Falls, New York. Sikorsky is a… Read more »

Source: Titan, 22-Dec-14

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UAE – Falcon Aviation Services breaks ground on new completion centre

UAE – Falcon Aviation Services breaks ground on new completion centre

Falcon Aviation, a leading VIP jet and helicopter service provider based in Abu Dhabi, UAE, today (December 8) broke ground on the Middle East’s first VIP completion centre at Dubai World Central (DWC), the world’s first purpose-built aerotropolis. See Full Story

Source: Trade Arabia, 15-Dec-14

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Savings in the VIP helicopter market: mission possible?

Savings in the VIP helicopter market: mission possible?

The global helicopter market has been growing for quite a while now with the demand for VIP choppers further accelerated by the recovering business environment and the expanding circle of the rich worldwide. However, even the rich are cost-conscious thus forcing operators and MROs to seek cheaper solutions without compromising high service quality. Air travelling… Read more »

Source: Helisota, 28-Nov-14

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Chinese Private Operator Orders an AW119Kx Helicopter

Chinese Private Operator Orders an AW119Kx Helicopter

AgustaWestland and Sino-US Intercontinental announced today the sale of an AW119Kx single engine helicopter to a private operator in China. The aircraft will be delivered by the end of this year and will be used to perform passenger transport operations in the country. This latest contract further expands the presence of AgustaWestland commercial helicopters in… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 13-Nov-14

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Sikorsky Celebrates 30th Anniversary in China at Zhuhai Air Show

Sikorsky Celebrates 30th Anniversary in China at Zhuhai Air Show

Sikorsky will celebrate its 30th anniversary in China together with China civil aviation industry peers at Air Show China, which is taking place November 11-16, 2014, in Zhuhai, China. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). “We have been a long-term friend to the China civil aviation industry,” said Mick Maurer, president,… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 12-Nov-14

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Final VIP Sokol delivered to the Polish Air Force

Final VIP Sokol delivered to the Polish Air Force

PZL-Świdnik, an AgustaWestland company, is pleased to announce it has delivered the fifth and final VIP transport Sokol helicopter to the Polish Air Force. The aircraft joined the other four Sokols already in service with the 1st Airlift Base in Warsawon 23rd December. All five helicopters, which have been delivered to the Polish Air Force this… Read more »

10-Jan-14

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Chhattisgarh state government to buy new VIP helicopter

Chhattisgarh state government to buy new VIP helicopter

The department had also communicated that the existing chopper had complete five years of flying and it was suitable time to replace it with the latest model that had better safety features, the officials added.  See full story

Source: Business Standard, 07-Jan-14

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Russian Helicopters demonstrates VIP Mi-171A2 and Mi-38 to Presidential flight

Russian Helicopters demonstrates VIP Mi-171A2 and Mi-38 to Presidential flight

Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of Rostec State Corporation, carried out testing of the new Mi-171A2 and Mi-38 helicopters at the National Helicopter Building Centre (NHBC) in Tomilino, Moscow Region. The tests were attended by Vladimir Kozhin, Chief of the Presidential Property Management Directorate. The NHBC is currently carrying out the first round… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 21-Nov-13

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Dubai Air Wing Orders An AW189 For VIP Transport

Dubai Air Wing Orders An AW189 For VIP Transport

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the Dubai Air Wing has placed an order for one AW189 8-tonne class twin engine helicopter to perform VIP transport missions. This contract is the first order for a VIP transport-configured AW189 and marks the entrance of the AW189 into the United Arab Emirates. A key… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 18-Nov-13

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India to issue showcause notice to AgustaWestland for cancelling deal

India to issue showcause notice to AgustaWestland for cancelling deal

Defence Ministry is planning to issue a show cause notice soon to Anglo-Italian firm AgustaWestland for cancellation of its helicopter contract in view of bribery charges against it.  See full story

Source: Indian Express, 10-Oct-13

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Second VIP Sokol delivered to Polish Air Force

Second VIP Sokol delivered to Polish Air Force

PZL-Świdnik, an AgustaWestland company, is pleased to announce it has delivered the second W-3WA Sokol helicopter in VIP configuration to the Polish Air Force as part of a contract signed in 2011 for five aircraft. The first W-3WA Sokol was handed over four months ago and the remaining aircraft are scheduled to be delivered by… Read more »

Source: PZL-Świdnik, 30-May-13

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Osun State Government lease AS355N for police work (or VIP?)

Osun State Government lease AS355N for police work (or VIP?)

Sources in Nigeria are saying that the Osun State Government has commenced a lease with OAS Helicopters for a Eurocopter AS355N – the one we reported here that they had recently bought from Sky Helicopters in Spain. In a statement, the state governor’s media aide, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, said the helicopter is to support its… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Feb-13

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17-Dec-12 VT-APC AgustaWestland AW139 Hyderabad, India

Destroyed in hangar fire – which also affected five trainer aircraft operated by Andhra Pradesh Aviation Academy.  The helicopter had a total of 970 hours on the airframe according to this report.

17-Dec-12

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Swiss arrest linked to alleged Indian AW101 kickback payments

Swiss arrest linked to alleged Indian AW101 kickback payments

In an emailed statement, Swiss authorities said they had asked magistrates to arrest an Italian-U.S. citizen on allegations of money laundering and corruption in connection with the supply of helicopters to India by an Italian state-owned company. (see full story)

Source: Reuters, 22-Oct-12

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Italy retires VIP SH-3D

Italy retires VIP SH-3D

Last Wednesday, the Italian Air Force flew one of its VIP SH-3D helicopters to the Air Forc Museum at at Vigna di Valle.  Serialled MM80973, the helicopter has been operated by the 31° Stormo unit since it was acquired in 1976.  The helicopter amassed 13,000 hours, and has flown many Italian VIPs as well as… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Oct-12

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Pakistan inaugurates VIP helicopter facility

Pakistan inaugurates VIP helicopter facility

Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Ameer Haider Khan Hoti, on Saturday inaugurated a VIP helicopter flight at Peshawar Aviation Base (see full story)

Source: Frontier Post, 15-Oct-12

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Polish military signs for 5 new and 14 upgraded helicopters from PZL-Åšwidnik

Polish military signs for 5 new and 14 upgraded helicopters from PZL-Åšwidnik

PZL-Åšwidnik, an AgustaWestland company, is pleased to announce it has signed contracts with the Polish Ministry of National Defence valued at approximately PLN380 million net (€90 million) for the supply of five W-3WA Sokół helicopters and the upgrade of 14 helicopters. The manufacture and upgrading activities will be undertaken at the PZL-Åšwidnik factory in Poland…. Read more »

Source: PZL-Åšwidnik, 13-Jan-12

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Sikorsky delivers S76C++ to State Government of Maharashtra

Sikorsky delivers S76C++ to State Government of Maharashtra

US aircraft major Sikorsky Friday delivered a mid-sized commercial utility aircraft to the Maharashtra government for transporting senior state leaders and bureaucrats. “The helicopter’s versatility, reliability, safety and operating cost efficiencies make it ideally suited for transportation of senior leaders, including heads of state,” a Sikorsky statement said. The S-76C++ joins a growing fleet of… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 30-Dec-11

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S76C++ handed over to State of Maharashtra for VIP use

S76C++ handed over to State of Maharashtra for VIP use

Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan received the keys of a brand new US-made Sikorsky 76 last Tuesday. In a few weeks time, Chavan, governor K Sankarnarayan and deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar, will use the aircraft to fly to state functions and events. (see full story)  File photo

Source: Hindustan Times, 11-Dec-11

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Sabreliner awarded $15M to upgrade two VIP UH-60s for Jordan

Sabreliner awarded $15M to upgrade two VIP UH-60s for Jordan

Sabreliner Corp., Saint Louis, Mo., was awarded on March 24 a $15,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract.  The award will provide for the modification of two VIP UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters for the Royal Jordanian Air Force.  Work will be performed in Saint Louis, Mo., with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2013.  One bid was solicited… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 01-Apr-11

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King of Buganda to buy a helicopter, budget $1.5 million

King of Buganda to buy a helicopter, budget $1.5 million

His Majesty Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II, 36th King of Buganda, has told a local newspaper that he intends buying a helicopter, budget $1.5 million.  Buganda is a subnational kingdom within Uganda.

Source: The Observer, Uganda, 11-Jan-11

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Russia’s Chelyabinsk region has Eur7M budget for a helicopter

Russia’s Chelyabinsk region has Eur7M budget for a helicopter

Tenders are due 15th October with results to be announced 21st October

Source: AVE, 05-Oct-10

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State of Jharkhand goes out to tender for VIP helicopter and plane

State of Jharkhand goes out to tender for VIP helicopter and plane

Tenders, published by the department last week, suggest that the selected agency should be able to provide services within 12 hours of booking. The last date to respond is October 7. The technical and financial bids will be opened next afternoon.

Source: Telegraph India, 05-Oct-10

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State of Madhya Pradesh orders EC155

State of Madhya Pradesh orders EC155

Madhya Pradesh Aviation Department has confirmed the order, which is not due for delivery for at least 12 months

Source: Daily Bhaskar, 28-Sep-10

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India asks helicopter operators to avoid tough terrain in VIP sorties

India asks helicopter operators to avoid tough terrain in VIP sorties

The operators have been advised “to ensure that VIP sorties (are) avoided over dense forests or difficult hilly terrain where emergent landing or search and rescue become difficult in case of any eventuality,” the Directorate General of Civil Aviation said in a recent operations circular.

Source: Deccan Herald, 27-Sep-10

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India introduces new rules for VIP operations

India introduces new rules for VIP operations

The rules, framed by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), encompass all aspects of flight operations –from acquisition of aircraft, employment of crew and engineers to definition of VIPs.

Source: Hindustan Times, 21-Jun-10

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India’s Maharashtra State looks to replace Dauphin with EC155 or S76

India’s Maharashtra State looks to replace Dauphin with EC155 or S76

“The cost of a mandatory CV/FDR and the impending 10-year overhaul/refurbishment on the Dauphin would cost Rs 20 crore. A new helicopter at Rs 70 crore makes more sense” said a cabinet minister requesting anonymity.

Source: Hindustan Times, 07-May-10

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Chief Minister of Haryana takes delivery of new Eurocopter EC145

Source: Economic Times, 21-Nov-09

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AgustaWestland expected to bag India’s 12-ship VVIP helicopter deal

Source: PTI, 30-Jul-09

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New UK Royal Flight Sikorsky S76C++ on schedule for August delivery

Source: Hartford Courant, 09-Jul-09

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PHOTO OF THE DAY: Interior of Coulson VIP Sikorsky S-61

Source: Flickr, 12-May-09

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Karnataka State Government starts search for new helicopter

Source: India Today, 02-Feb-09

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Andhra Pradesh State Govt to build series of helipads for their new AW139

Source: Times of India, 02-Feb-09

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