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Albuquerque Police look to replace EC120

Albuquerque Police look to replace EC120

City councillors of Albuquerque, Ken Sanchez and Trudy Jones, have joined together to ask their fellow councillors for the approval of a new helicopter for the Albuquerque Police Department. The department’s current EC120 is going on 17 years old and has issues operating at high altitudes. They have had to use it 44 times this year… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Sep-18

Heli-Alps Purchases new Bell 505

Heli-Alps Purchases new Bell 505

Heli-Alps has recently bought a Bell 505. The company opened a flying school in 1987 and used their R22, R44 and Colibri for the pilots. Pilots have to fly a turbine helicopter after they have completed their pilot licence. The school provided their EC120 or AS350 for this, but the use of them was quite… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Apr-18

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Rotortrade reports 2017 results

Rotortrade reports 2017 results

Rotortrade Services, a leading independent helicopter dealer and sole global distributor of Leonardo’s pre-owned helicopters announces record results for 2017 and several industry firsts. Rotortrade through its six offices and various partners around the world has reported the sale of 26 aircraft in 2017 with close to double the number of transactions made in over… Read more »

Source: Rotortrade, 28-Feb-18

San Jose City Council approves Airbus H125 to replace H120

San Jose City Council approves Airbus H125 to replace H120

The San Jose Police Department are finally getting a new helicopter to replace their H120. Their aging aircraft has been in use for 16, almost double the usual life span. They have been given a budget of $5.2 million for their new Airbus H125 helicopter, reports Mercury News.

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Dec-17

HeliHub prediction comes true – Robinson R66 kills off Airbus H120

HeliHub prediction comes true – Robinson R66 kills off Airbus H120

Airbus has finally conceded defeat on the H120 (née EC120) and confirmed that the production line has been closed after delivering exactly 700 units.  The Robinson R66 Turbine is the reason, and it is a trend HeliHub.com has identified and predicted for many years and written about – check out these stories in particular Clubhouse talk… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Dec-17

Baltimore Mayor proposes cutting one of four Police EC120s

Baltimore Mayor proposes cutting one of four Police EC120s

Baltimore City Mayor, Catherine Pugh, had her first budget proposal in March. Within this proposal was the plan to ground one of the police departments Foxtrot EC120 helicopters. Calculations show that this cutting will save up to $1 million, as reported by Baltimore Sun. Not only does this plan leave the fleet down to three,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-May-17

Aeropartner took delivery of the first multi-purpose EC-120B

Aeropartner took delivery of the first multi-purpose EC-120B

Aeropartner took delivery of the first multi-purpose EC-120B helicopter. Newly registered in the Czech Republic as OK-AMS the helicopter will be engaged in the private air transportation to perfectly fit into the wide range of the Company’s services. The helicopter will often provide a quick shuttle between Prague Int’l Airport and remote heli spots offering… Read more »

Source: Aeropartner, 26-May-17

GTA signs MoU to provide maintenance for HFA helicopters

GTA signs MoU to provide maintenance for HFA helicopters

Global Turbine Asia Sdn Bhd (GTA), a Malaysian born joint venture with Safran Group has signed a memorandum of understanding providing engine maintenance works for helicopters and aircrafts to Helang Flying Academy Sdn Bhd (HFA). The MoU signed will see GTA & HFA discussing on Support By the Hour program for the future Safran Helicopter… Read more »

Source: Helang Flying Academy, 29-Mar-17

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Agreement Between Helang Flying Academy & Rotortrade Services

Agreement Between Helang Flying Academy & Rotortrade Services

Rotortrade Services and Helang Flying Academy Sdn Bhd are thrilled to announce the signing of a Sales & Purchase Agreement for the first of several EC120B during Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace exhibition “LIMA 2017” Malaysia. The helicopter shall be delivered within a month and will be shortly followed by the second helicopter considering their… Read more »

Source: Rotortrade, 28-Mar-17

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Swedish Government resumes state-funded pilot training

Swedish Government resumes state-funded pilot training

Svensk Pilotutbildning (SPU) has been awarded an agreement with the Swedish National Agency for Higher Vocational Education (“Myndigheten för Yrkeshögskolan”) for training of 14 new helicopter pilots a year, until 2020, which in total means 28 positions funded by the Swedish Government. The agency got a lot of attention for its January 2014 decision, where… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 13-Feb-17

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Vector Aerospace expands FAA-approved ADS-B STC upgrade

Vector Aerospace expands FAA-approved ADS-B STC upgrade

Vector Aerospace, a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval to extend its ADS-B solutions to cover the Airbus Helicopters H120/EC120, H125/AS350, H130/EC130 and H135/EC135 series, with operators able to choose from either the L3 Lynx NGT-9000 or Garmin GTX-345… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 20-Jan-17

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New Additions to Superior Air Fleet

New Additions to Superior Air Fleet

Superior Air, a Greek training academy and charter operator has added three aircraft and two helicopters, an EC120B and EC130, to its fleet of 16 aircraft. The company has grown in 11 years from offering flights in Greece only, to now offering flights all over Europe and the Middle East. The company is doing well,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Dec-16

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JSSI Enrolls HeliAir Sweden Fleet

JSSI Enrolls HeliAir Sweden Fleet

Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI), the leading provider of hourly cost maintenance programs for the business aviation industry, signed an agreement at Helitech International 2016 with HeliAir Sweden to enroll two AS350B2, one AS350B3, and two H120 helicopters onto JSSI’s Engine Program. “We are happy and excited to start this collaboration with JSSI”, stated Aram… Read more »

Source: JSSI, 13-Oct-16

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HeliAir Sweden Replaces MD500s with EC120B

HeliAir Sweden Replaces MD500s with EC120B

HeliAir Sweden has recently procured a second EC120B helicopter. The EC120B will be used to help with power line inspections, fire-fighting and collapsing trees. As reported by Eban Magazine. HeliAir Sweden are also going to sell their three MD500s, and demonstration flights were made last week to initial interested parties. Their fleet currently holds three… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Sep-16

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New Thermal Imaging Camera funded by Winnipeg Police

The Winnipeg Police Service is pleased to announce that funding for a new thermal imaging camera has been put in place for AIR1. The commitment for complete funding was approved today by the Winnipeg Police Board. The Province of Manitoba and the City of Winnipeg had each allocated monies for the camera.  However, due to exchange… Read more »

Source: ec120-winnipeg-police, 05-Sep-16

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Helisota adds Airbus Helicopters to its EASA Part 145 capabilities

Helisota adds Airbus Helicopters to its EASA Part 145 capabilities

Helisota, an international provider of integrated maintenance, repair and overhaul services for rotorcraft, has extended its MRO capabilities by adding H120, H135 and H145 helicopter types to its EASA Part-145 certificate. Following the successful certification, Helisota is now eligible to provide both base and line maintenance support for private and governmental H120, H135, H145 operators…. Read more »

Source: Helisota, 01-Apr-16

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Genesys Aerosystems aims for FAA STC for EC120 HeliSAS and Two-Axis Autopilot

Genesys Aerosystems aims for FAA STC for EC120 HeliSAS and Two-Axis Autopilot

Genesys Aerosystems announces that it has applied for an FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) for the installation of its Helicopter Stability Augmentation System (HeliSAS) and two-axis autopilot aboard Airbus EC120 Colibri (hummingbird) light turbine helicopters. “We are extremely excited about this STC program. We have been approached by a number of EC120 operators around the… Read more »

Source: Genesys Aerosystems, 06-Mar-16

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Edmonton may put hold on Police EC120 replacement

Edmonton may put hold on Police EC120 replacement

A report brought Thursday to the Edmonton Police Commission says the cost of the helicopter, first pegged at $3.47 million, has jumped $2.7 million because of the drop in value of the Canadian dollar. See Full Story

Source: Edmonton Journal, 22-Feb-16

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Airbus release their numbers for 2015

Airbus release their numbers for 2015

Capitalising on its transformation plan that has put the company’s priorities on customer satisfaction, quality and safety, and competitiveness, Airbus Helicopters focused its efforts in 2015 on executing its strategic roadmap and meeting its targets against a challenging market backdrop and delays in the key military campaigns. During 2015, Airbus Helicopters delivered 395 rotorcraft from… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 26-Jan-16

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Malaysian military receive first of five H120s

Malaysian military receive first of five H120s

The Royal Malaysian Air Force has received the first of five new H120 helicopters from Airbus, ready to be flown for train at the College of the Air Force in Alor Setar. The training syllabus of the first use of these aircraft will begin next year, and will lead the the gradual phase-out of their… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Dec-15

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Airbus starts flight tests with cleaner, more efficient engine

Airbus starts flight tests with cleaner, more efficient engine

Airbus Helicopters has successfully completed the first flight test of the high-compression engine demonstrator aircraft at around 3pm on Friday, November 6th, at Marignane Airport. The development and flight test of this new technology demonstrator is part of the European Clean Sky initiative’s Green Rotorcraft Integrated Technology Demonstrator (ITD) program, with support for these flight… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 12-Nov-15

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Helidax marks 100,000 hours in H120 fleet in five years

Helidax marks 100,000 hours in H120 fleet in five years

The following is the published text [electronically translated to English] of a presentation by Helidax President Jean-Michel Palagos at an event to mark the achievement of 100,000 hours across the entire Helidax fleet.  Helidax is a joint venture between French company DCI (Defense Conseil International) and operator INAER which operates a fleet of 36 Airbus… Read more »

Source: DCI, 27-Oct-15

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R66 production numbers speed past the H120 total

R66 production numbers speed past the H120 total

Robinson Helicopter Co registered serial number 0690 on 9th October (it’s N959BC, if you want to check). This is a landmark achievement in the five-seat single-turbine world as it is the point where the total passes the production to date of the EC120 (now H120).  See also our comparison article between these two types from… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Oct-15

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Calgary Police celebrate 20 years in the air

Calgary Police celebrate 20 years in the air

With a large gathering watching, the first dedicated Calgary Police Service helicopter touched down.  See full story

Source: Calgary Sun, 20-Jul-15

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Winnipeg Police broadcast lewd conversation on helicopter PA system

Winnipeg Police broadcast lewd conversation on helicopter PA system

Winnipeg police have apologized and launched an investigation after officers flying in a helicopter mistakenly broadcast a cockpit conversation that one person says referred to a sex act. See Full Story.

Source: CTV News Winnipeg, 26-Jun-15

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Maxcraft Avionics Announces new FAA STC for the Mid-Continent MD302 SAM in Airbus Helicopters (Eurocopter)

Maxcraft Avionics Announces new FAA STC for the Mid-Continent MD302 SAM in Airbus Helicopters (Eurocopter)

Maxcraft Avionics Ltd announces that they have received FAA Validation of their Transport Canada STC SH14-50 (FAA SR03524NY) for installation of the Mid-Continent MD302 Standby Attitude Module. This complements the G500H PFD/MFD, or any EFIS package in a light helicopter, replacing analog instruments. This STC is applicable to light Airbus (Eurocopter) Helicopters, including AS350, AS355,… Read more »

Source: Maxcraft, 05-Jun-15

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Kitchener Aero Avionics Adds EASA STC for Garmin G-500H mod in Eurocopter EC-120

Kitchener Aero Avionics Adds EASA STC for Garmin G-500H mod in Eurocopter EC-120

Kitchener Aero Avionics (KAAV) is pleased to announce that they have now been awarded EASA STC in addition to Transport Canada and FAA STC’s already in hand for their successful and popular “Glass-Cockpit” upgrade to the Eurocopter EC-120 helicopter. The Garmin G500H Flight Display system with Helicopter Synthetic Vision (HSVT), an Attitude Heading Reference System… Read more »

Source: Kitchener Aero, 24-Mar-15

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Aerometals completes purchase of FDC/aerofilters, Announces Name Change

Aerometals completes purchase of FDC/aerofilters, Announces Name Change

Aerometals announced today that they have completed the purchase of all shares of FDC/aerofilters. Previously they owned the majority of the company. With the complete acquisition of FDC/aerofilters, FDC/aerofilters will now be called Aerometals. “People in the helicopter business have known about the high quality of Aerometals PMA parts for years,” said Rex Kamphefner. “The… Read more »

Source: Aerometals, 03-Mar-15

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Edmonton Police seek $22M for twin turbine helicopters and new heliport

Edmonton Police seek $22M for twin turbine helicopters and new heliport

Edmonton Police are to put a budget request in for twin turbine helicopters and a new heliport closer to the centre of town  – one $7M helicopter this autumn and a second in 2019.  see full story  They currently operate two EC120s bought in 2001 and 2009

Source: Edmonton Journal, 23-Jul-14

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Airbus Helicopters promote in-house 12-year inspections

Airbus Helicopters promote in-house 12-year inspections

Law enforcement operators across the United States and Canada continue to rely on Airbus Helicopters Inc. (AHI) and Airbus Helicopters Canada (AHC) for 12-year Inspections on the popular AS350-series and EC120 helicopters. The 12-Year Inspection effectively resets the inspection cycles to zero (0) and allows the aircraft to be completely updated by incorporating all existing… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 17-Jul-14

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San Antonio Police add two EC120s into service, becoming all-Airbus fleet

San Antonio Police add two EC120s into service, becoming all-Airbus fleet

Airbus Helicopters Inc. (AHI) is pleased to announce that the San Antonio Police Department has placed two new EC120’s into service, giving them an all-Airbus Helicopters helicopter fleet for patrol and search-and-rescue missions. Deployment the new EC120’s marks the beginning of a fleet upgrade project that will likely result in the purchase of at least… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 17-Jul-14

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Westpac EC120 starts 24H EMS operation in Central West NSW

Westpac EC120 starts 24H EMS operation in Central West NSW

After a long and emotive battle, the people of the central west New South Wales have access to a 24-hour Ambulance NSW rescue helicopter service based in Orange.  See full story

Source: Western Advocate, 31-Mar-14

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FAA approve EC120 glass cockpit STC from Kitchener Aero

FAA approve EC120 glass cockpit STC from Kitchener Aero

Kitchener Aero Avionics (KAAV) – is pleased to announce the addition of an FAA STC for their “Glass-Cockpit” upgrade to the Eurocopter EC-120 helicopter. This STC has been granted under FAA Project No. ST07457NY-R. The Canadian STC was granted in December 2012. The heart of this mod is the Garmin G500H Flight Display system with… Read more »

Source: Kitchener Aero, 16-Feb-14

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Edmonton Police move their two EC120s 35km away

Edmonton Police move their two EC120s 35km away

Following the closure of the City Centre Airport last month, Edmonton police are moving their flight operations 35km to Villeneuve Airport for “at least the next three years” — despite the additional 12 minute delay each way to get to the city and a corresponding reduction in on-scene time. The City Centre Airport had been… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Jan-14

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Eurocopter to attend Seoul ADEX 2013

Eurocopter to attend Seoul ADEX 2013

Eurocopter will attend the Seoul International Aerospace & Defence Exhibtion (Seoul ADEX 2013) at the KINTEX Exhibition Centre in South Korea from October 29 to November 3. The company will display the Surion Korean Utility Helicopter (KUH) developed in partnership with Korea Aerospace Industries. This military transport helicopter, which entered into service this year, demonstrates… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 28-Oct-13

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Northern Helicopters wins Finnish Border Guard training contract

Northern Helicopters wins Finnish Border Guard training contract

Northern Helicopters has been awarded with the training contract for the Finnish Border Patrol, the Finnish military.  The air squadron pilots will join the CPL integrated program which starts on the Guimbal Cabri, and includes advanced training on the EC120.  

Source: Northern Helicopters, 08-Oct-13

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Switzerland – Bonsai Helikopter renamed to Helialpin

Switzerland – Bonsai Helikopter renamed to Helialpin

Swiss operator Bonsai Helicopter has been renamed Helialpin. As we write this article, their old website URL remains active at www.bonsaiheli.ch and their new www.helialpin.ch is not yet ready – although the active site does refer to the new URL. Helialpin operates the following fleet – Robinson R22 Beta – HB-XTQ – Robinson R22 Beta… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Sep-13

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Eurocopter displays at China Helicopter Exposition

Eurocopter displays at China Helicopter Exposition

Eurocopter’s dedication to the Chinese helicopter market – and its ability to respond to China’s evolving rotorcraft requirements – will be the company’s focus at this year’s China Helicopter Exposition. Leading Eurocopter’s presence during the September 5-8 event in Tianjin will be Group CEO Guillaume Faury, who will be joined by Norbert Ducrot, the newly-named… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 05-Sep-13

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ALEA 2013 – San Antonio Police order two Eurocopter EC120s

ALEA 2013 – San Antonio Police order two Eurocopter EC120s

American Eurocopter is pleased to announce the purchase of two Eurocopter EC120 helicopters by the San Antonio Police Department as part of an upgrade to their fleet of patrol helicopters. The agency currently operates one Eurocopter AS350B3 for use in fire-fighting, search and rescue and other special missions. The agency is eventually moving to an… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 17-Jul-13

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Phoenix Helicopters reports best ever British Grand Prix

Phoenix Helicopters reports best ever British Grand Prix

The formula one championship came to Silverstone last weekend to a sell out British crowd. The Silverstone grand prix is one of the most popular rounds on the F1 calendar and is famous for its helicopter activity. Phoenix Helicopters have always had a busy weekend when the British GP comes around but this year was… Read more »

Source: Phoenix Helicopters, 03-Jul-13

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Canada – Maxcraft Avionics adds EC120, EC130, AS350, AS355 to Garmin G500H STC

Canada – Maxcraft Avionics adds EC120, EC130, AS350, AS355 to Garmin G500H STC

TC STC SH12-43 for installation of the Garmin G500H Flight Display System revised to include the following models: AS350 B, B1, B2, B3 BA, D, AS355 E, F, F1, F2, N, NP, EC130 B4 and EC120 B rotorcraft. Approval for the G500H includes installation of interfaced systems including Garmin’s Digital AHRS and ADC, WAAS GPS… Read more »

Source: Maxcraft Avionics, 01-Jul-13

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Enstrom plans both a new two-seater and an R66 rival

Enstrom plans both a new two-seater and an R66 rival

Flightglobal says Enstrom has a new two-seat offering under development, and is also looking to produce a new light turbine helicopter to rival Bell’s new proposal plus the Eurocopter EC120 Colibri and Robinson R66. see full story

Source: Flightglobal, 24-Jun-13

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Turbomeca and HeliDax celebrate 50,000 flight hours for the Arrius 2F

Turbomeca and HeliDax celebrate 50,000 flight hours for the Arrius 2F

During one ceremony Organized by HeliDax, Turbomeca (Safran) Announced That icts Arrius 2F engines Have reached 50,000 flight hours on the 36 single-engine EC120 helicopters operated by HeliDax. Made available to EALAT ( French Army Helicopter Pilot Training School ) Thesis aircraft are to be used falling on the basic training of future helicopter pilots… Read more »

Source: Turbomeca, 04-Jun-13

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Eurocopter UK reinforces its British private/VIP market leadership

Eurocopter UK reinforces its British private/VIP market leadership

With a series of deliveries, Eurocopter has further extended its lead in Britain’s private/VIP market and once more confirmed the company’s role as Britain’s civil helicopter hub. Two of the rotorcraft are the AS350 B3e evolved members of Eurocopter’s Ecureuil family, while the third is an EC120 B. [Editor note – Eurocopter has already issued… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 25-Apr-13

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Cities formally dissolve ABLE helicopter program

Cities formally dissolve ABLE helicopter program

A 20-year law enforcement partnership that provided police helicopter patrols to Costa Mesa and Newport Beach touched down for the last time Thursday morning. (see full story)

Source: Daily Pilot, 12-Apr-13

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Baltimore Police reverse decision to mothball one of four EC120s

Baltimore Police reverse decision to mothball one of four EC120s

Eighteen months after Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake voted to approve the purchase of four new helicopters for the Police Department, her proposed budget called for grounding one of them in a cost-saving move (see full story).

Source: The Baltimore Sun, 12-Apr-13

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New Cabin Comfort Window Option for EC120, EC130

New Cabin Comfort Window Option for EC120, EC130

Tech-Tool Plastics, an industry leader in the design and manufacture of helicopter windows for more than 45 years, has just introduced a unique window that is already getting noticed. Available exclusively from Fort Worth, Texas based Tech-Tool Plastics, the popular Cabin Comfort window is now designed for use on the Eurocopter EC120 and EC130 T2 aircraft. Featuring a… Read more »

Source: Tech-Tool Plastics, 06-Mar-13

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American Eurocopter is leader in law enforcement sales

American Eurocopter is leader in law enforcement sales

American Eurocopter continues to lead the U.S. airborne law enforcement market, maintaining a 55 percent market share over the last decade with a product line that has become the industry standard. With 280 Eurocopter aircraft operating in federal, state and local law enforcement units, operators cite reliability, versatility and cost effectiveness as key factors in… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 06-Mar-13

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Eurocopter Canada adds new STC items for AS350, EC130 and EC120

Eurocopter Canada adds new STC items for AS350, EC130 and EC120

With the recent certification of the 2nd Battery Installation for the EC130 B4 and the Cable Cutter installation for the AS350, Eurocopter Canada Limited (ECL) has increased the range of kitted Supplemental Type Certificates (STC’s) for Eurocopter’s AS350, EC130 and EC120 product range. With the 2nd battery installation on the EC130, operators can benefit from… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter Canada, 05-Mar-13

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Winnipeg Police responded to 3,445 incidents in 2012

Winnipeg Police responded to 3,445 incidents in 2012

According to police, AIR1 responded to 3,445 incidents in 2012, resulting in 185 arrests by ground patrol units.   (see full story)

Source: CBC, 06-Feb-13

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SaxonAir appoints new CEO

SaxonAir appoints new CEO

As part of their continued expansion, Norwich based air charter operator and flight support services company SaxonAir announces the appointment of a new CEO, Alex Durand, who takes up his new position within the company in early January 2013. Mr Durand, 43, brings to the role over 20 years of experience in the Business Aviation… Read more »

Source: SaxonAir, 13-Jan-13

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Malaysian authorities had concerns with pilot’s documents before fatal crash

Malaysian authorities had concerns with pilot’s documents before fatal crash

German pilot Rico Steger was already the focus of “enquiries regarding the flying records and permit” three weeks prior to an accident which killed the three passengers aboard the EC120 he was flying.  This local news report covers this aspect and various other details. The HeliHub.com accident page is at 20-Jul-12 N8899 Eurocopter EC120 Sri… Read more »

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UK – Oryx Jet adds helicopter capability

UK – Oryx Jet adds helicopter capability

London Biggin Hill based aircraft management and first class air charter company Oryx Jet is delighted to be able to offer helicopter charter as an additional method of transportation and onward carriage to complement its existing fleet of executive jets. Offering more choice to private business and leisure charter services both locally and internationally, our… Read more »

Source: Oryx Jet, 07-Nov-12

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40,000 flight hour mark reached by Helidax

40,000 flight hour mark reached by Helidax

Helidax, a subsidiary of DCI and INAER, announces that it has exceeded 40,000 flight hours on EC120 Colibri aircraft, in their Calliope configuration, after 2 years of operation. Helidax is the first public-private partnership (PPP) launched by the French Ministry of Defense in 2008. This partnership concerns the supply of helicopter flight hours, for 22… Read more »

Source: DCI, 28-Sep-12

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Baltimore Police start operating new EC120 fleet

Baltimore Police start operating new EC120 fleet

Following the decision to replace their existing Eurocopter EC120 fleet, Baltimore Police have recently launched operations with the first of their four new helicopters – replacing the four old ones which are all at or close to their 12 year overhaul.  By taking new aircraft, the Maryland city has also been provided the opportunity to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-Aug-12

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Helibras delivers new EC120 and AS350B3e at LABACE 2012

Helibras delivers new EC120 and AS350B3e at LABACE 2012

[electronic translation] The Helibras will attend the 9th LABACE – Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition, held at Congonhas airport in Sao Paulo, between days 15, 16 and 17 August. The company will deliver two new aircraft to Brazilian customers and make them their new building plans in the area of ​​services – technical assistance,… Read more »

Source: Helibras, 17-Aug-12

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York Regional Police extends EC120 pilot/maintenance contract

York Regional Police extends EC120 pilot/maintenance contract

York Regional Police have confirmed the first of three possible one-year contract extension to the contract with National Helicopters to provide pilots and maintenance services.  The deal is worth $568,908 excluding taxes.  The region’s police services board also approved the 10-year overhaul valued at $709,000.  (see full story).  See also the recommendation document put forward… Read more »

Source: York Region, 19-Jul-12

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American Eurocopter delivers first two EC120s to Baltimore Police

American Eurocopter delivers first two EC120s to Baltimore Police

In October of last year, the Baltimore Police Department ordered four EC120® helicopters as part of a fleet renewal program for its current fleet of four EC120s that it has been operating since 2000. The delivery of two of the department’s new EC120s will take place in July, with the remaining two delivered in August…. Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 13-Jul-12

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American Eurocopter Showcases Performance and Technology at ALEA 2012

American Eurocopter Showcases Performance and Technology at ALEA 2012

At this year’s ALEA Conference in Reno, American Eurocopter will be showcasing the performance and technology available in its product offerings for airborne law enforcement. Two helicopters will be featured on American Eurocopter’s booth #112: an AS350® B3 from the Placer County Sheriff’s Department Air Support Unit and an EC120® from the Fresno Police Department… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 13-Jul-12

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Clubhouse talk – comparing the R66 with an EC120

Clubhouse talk – comparing the R66 with an EC120

You know how it is.  You go down to the clubhouse to have a drink with some friends, and inevitably the conversation will turn to aviation.  This time I was asked how I would compare the Eurocopter EC120 against a Robinson R66.  So we resorted to a comparison by numbers using brochures etc – and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-May-12

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Eurocopter UK showcases EC120

Eurocopter UK showcases EC120

UK private operators and owners of light single-engine helicopters are to explore the advantages of Eurocopter’s EC120 during the company’s Discovery Weekend event, to be held at the Oxford Airport facilities of its Eurocopter UK affiliate on May 12. Attendees at the gathering will be given a first-hand look at the EC120 B Colibri in… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 14-May-12

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Talk of second Winnipeg Police helicopter premature, says councillor

Talk of second Winnipeg Police helicopter premature, says councillor

Winnipeg Police have had their EC120 a year now, and the usage in 2012 at 40 hours a month is 50% higher than planned. Opposition councillors are calling for a second helicopter (see full story)

Source: CBC, 27-Apr-12

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ABLE Eurocopter EC120s sold to Canada

ABLE Eurocopter EC120s sold to Canada

The helicopters were sold to Truscott Contracting, Ltd, said Newport police Chief Jay Johnson, who is also chairman of the ABLE Board of Governors. Truscott Contracting is based in Vernon, British Columbia, Canada. (see full story) HeliHub.com Editor note – Trustcott Contracting currently owns one Robinson R44 II, registered C-FSRT

Source: Orange County Register, 19-Apr-12

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Heli Gotthard adds new EC120

Heli Gotthard adds new EC120

Swiss operator Heli Gotthard has added a new Eurocopter EC120 to its fleet – a 2012 build aircraft with serial number 1667.  Now registered HB-ZLR, it is owned by Automaten Meyer AG and will be operated by Heli Gotthard from their Pfaffnau base alongside two other EC120s. The company also operates four AS350B3 helicopters from… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Apr-12

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Helidax exceeds 30,000 flight hours on EC120

Helidax exceeds 30,000 flight hours on EC120

Helidax, a subsidiary of DCI and INAER, announces that it has exceeded 30,000 flight hours on EC120 Colibri aircraft, in less than 2 years of operation. Helidax is the first public-private partnership (PPP) launched by the French Ministry of Defense in 2008. This partnership concerns the supply of helicopter flight hours, for 22 years, to… Read more »

Source: Groiupe DCI, 02-Mar-12

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Eurocopter and local partner to develop Vietnam training centre

Eurocopter and local partner to develop Vietnam training centre

Eurocopter, through its subsidiary Eurocopter South East Asia, takes an important step in its commitment to the Vietnam helicopter market as it partners with Vietnam Helicopter Corporation to develop a training centre in Vung Tau, Vietnam, for the ab-initio training of Vietnamese pilots. The great growth potential of the Vietnam helicopter market has prompted Eurocopter’s… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 21-Feb-12

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Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Exceeds 10,000 Flight Hours

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Exceeds 10,000 Flight Hours

American Eurocopter today announced the Hillsborough County (Florida) Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) has exceeded 10,000 hours of flight time on its fleet of aircraft from American Eurocopter — three AS350 B2’s and one EC120. Since the delivery of the first AS350 in September 2002, the HCSO has utilized its fleet to answer more than 17,000 calls… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 12-Feb-12

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York Regional Police upgrades moving map during EC120 overhaul

York Regional Police upgrades moving map during EC120 overhaul

As part of its 12-year Eurocopter-driven overhaul, York Regional Police are using the down-time on its EC120 to do some upgrades. Taken out of service at the end of November 2011, the three month grounding has provided the ideal opportunity for YRP to upgrade their moving-map system.  The force flies C-GYRP, serial 1086, known as… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Jan-12

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Eurocopter sales up 12% in 2011 and 111 more helicopters sold than 2010

Eurocopter sales up 12% in 2011 and 111 more helicopters sold than 2010

Eurocopter generated a record high annual turnover in 2011 as the company benefitted from long-term strategies of investing in innovation to keep its helicopter product line at the forefront, growing the international footprint, developing services businesses and optimizing internal operations. The deliveries of 503 rotary-wing aircraft in 2011, along with Eurocopter’s enhanced support and services… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 24-Jan-12

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Helipool Europe adds EC120 from Mexico

Helipool Europe adds EC120 from Mexico

Swiss operator Helipool Europe has this week added Eurocopter EC120B HB-ZMR to its fleet,  having imported it from Mexico.  It is expected to be based at Balzers. The company also owns an AS350B3 and an EC130B4 both of which are leased to Air Glaciers at Lauterbrunnen in the Bernese Oberland with it’s famous holiday resorts Grindelwald and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Dec-11

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Increased life for the EC120B inlet barrier filter elements

Increased life for the EC120B inlet barrier filter elements

FDC/aerofilter is pleased to announce that the service life for the Eurocopter EC120B inlet barrier filter elements has been increased to 4500 hours, with no limitation on the number of cleanings. In addition, the recommended service interval has been increased to 300 hours. The FAA recently approved a revision to FDC/aerofilter’s Instructions for Continued Airworthiness,… Read more »

Source: FDC/aerofilter, 30-Nov-11

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Removal of performance limitations for EC120B inlet barrier filter

Removal of performance limitations for EC120B inlet barrier filter

FDC/aerofilter is pleased to announce that Eurocopter EC120B helicopters equipped with FDC/aerofilter inlet barrier filters may now operate in accordance with the basic rotorcraft flight manual. The FAA recently approved a revision to FDC/aerofilter’s rotorcraft flight manual supplement, allowing these aircraft to operate in accordance with the performance sections of the basic rotorcraft flight manual… Read more »

Source: FDC/aerofilter, 30-Nov-11

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Eurocopter sells EC120 and EC135 to new Chinese operator

Eurocopter sells EC120 and EC135 to new Chinese operator

Eurocopter successfully expands its footprint in China to the South Western region, with a landmark agreement signed with Xilin Fengteng for the sale of two helicopters – one EC120 B and one EC135 – for use in multiple general aviation missions. A signing ceremony was held on Sunday 20 November in Guanghan City between Sichuan… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 21-Nov-11

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EASA approves Tech-Tool EC120/EC130 replacement windows

EASA approves Tech-Tool EC120/EC130 replacement windows

European EC120 and EC130 operators have a new source for helicopter replacement windows following European Aviation Safety Agency approval of a Supplemental Type Certificate for Tech-Tool Plastics’ standard and special application replacement windows. FAA and Transport Canada approvals have been previously received. Available replacement windows include windshields, skylights and forward and aft door windows. The… Read more »

Source: Tech-Tool Plastics, 16-Nov-11

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China: Wuhan Helicopter signs for two AS350B3e and one EC120B

China: Wuhan Helicopter signs for two AS350B3e and one EC120B

The three helicopters are the first Eurocopter models to be included in Wuhan Helicopter’s fleet, and comprise two AS350 B3e and one EC120 B. Intended for utility missions, they are scheduled to be delivered in the first quarter of 2013. A signing ceremony was held on Saturday, 5 November, in Wuhan, Hubei Province, between Wuhan… Read more »

07-Nov-11

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