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EASA certifies EC225 gear shaft redesign

EASA certifies EC225 gear shaft redesign

23-Apr-2014Source: Airbus

The redesigned vertical bevel gear shaft for Airbus Helicopters’ EC225 has been certified, enabling its production and installation on all rotorcraft of this type in operation globally, as well as those being produced. Certification was granted by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and is to be followed by validation from other international airworthiness authorities.... Read more

Waypoint Leasing to acquire 12 EC225 and 25 EC145T2

Waypoint Leasing to acquire 12 EC225 and 25 EC145T2

26-Feb-2014Source: Waypoint Leasing

Two major Waypoint Leasing orders with Airbus Helicopters were announced today as the global helicopter lessor intends to acquire 37 EC225 and EC145 T2 rotorcraft. These key transactions, Waypoint’s first deliveries in 2014, were detailed at the 2014 Heli-Expo industry convention in Anaheim, California, where Airbus Helicopters President Guillaume Faury and Waypoint Leasing CEO Ed... Read more

AmSafe Bridport wins multipurpose helicopter transport system contract for French military

AmSafe Bridport wins multipurpose helicopter transport system contract for French military

19-Feb-2014Source: AmSafe Bridport

AmSafe Bridport Limited has been awarded a contract from the French Direction Générale de L’armement (DGA) for its requirement for a multipurpose helicopter transport system [designated as système d’hélitransport polyvalent; (SHP)] for the French armed forces helicopter fleet. The SHP is a suite of specialist helicopter cargo lifting equipment capable of safely and efficiently transporting... Read more

Airbus Helicopters Canada to make EC225 engine cowlings

Airbus Helicopters Canada to make EC225 engine cowlings

5-Feb-2014Source: Airbus

Airbus Helicopters Canada (formerly called Eurocopter Canada) announced today that it will be adding a new production line at its Fort Erie, ON helicopter production facility, creating approximately 40 new high-skill manufacturing jobs. Following a global competitive process the new production work has been awarded to Airbus Helicopters Canada by its parent company, Airbus Helicopters,... Read more

Blueway to be launch customer for Thales training centre in Norway

Blueway to be launch customer for Thales training centre in Norway

29-Jan-2014Source: Thales

Blueway is a market leader in Scandinavian on-shore and off-shore helicopter services, specialising in shuttle services and replacement of flare tips, as well as search & rescue, infrastructure and environmental operations. In particular, Blueway’s offshore activity is very well regarded in the Scandinavian oil and gas sector. The Thales training centre will answer to the... Read more

Brazil – Omni and Aeroleo are last to resume EC225 operations

Brazil – Omni and Aeroleo are last to resume EC225 operations

20-Dec-2013Source: Eurocopter

With the resumption of EC225 commercial flights by BHS Helicopter, OMNI and Aeróleo Taxi Aéreo in Brazil, all operators using this Eurocopter helicopter around the globe have now reinstated service. The EC225 oil and gas fleet’s return-to-service began in July 2013 in Angola, and now has been completed with all three Brazilian operators back in... Read more

Eurocopter delivers two EC225 to Bond via Waypoint Leasing

Eurocopter delivers two EC225 to Bond via Waypoint Leasing

13-Dec-2013

Two EC225s delivered yesterday are the initial Eurocopter-built aircraft in the portfolio of Waypoint Leasing, a leading global helicopter leasing company. Waypoint has signed an agreement to provide the aircraft to Avincis Group’s subsidiary, Bond Helicopters Australia, to use for offshore crew change missions. The EC225 handovers to Waypoint Leasing occurred at Eurocopter’s Marignane, France... Read more

Argentine Coast Guard negotiating for EC225s

Argentine Coast Guard negotiating for EC225s

6-Dec-2013Source: HeliHub.com

The Argentine Coast Guard – or Prefectura Naval Argentina to give them their local name – are reportedly in negotiations for two Eurocopter EC225s and an option for a third aircraft. They are expected to replace the 1980 delivered SA330 Pumas, of which they have two currently on charge – serialled PA-11 and PA-13. A... Read more

Eurocopter receives first Indonesian-built EC225/EC725 fuselage

Eurocopter receives first Indonesian-built EC225/EC725 fuselage

27-Nov-2013Source: Eurocopter

PT Dirgantara Indonesia/Indonesian Aerospace (IAe) has delivered the first complete main fuselage assembly it has produced for Eurocopter EC725 and EC225 helicopters, marking a significant milestone in the companies’ industrial partnership. This no. 1 assembly – consisting of the integrated upper and lower fuselage sections – was built at IAe’s Bandung, Indonesia facility in West... Read more

Helibras flies first locally-produced EC725

Helibras flies first locally-produced EC725

25-Nov-2013Source: Helibras

[electronic translation]  Helibras held, on Thursday (21) at its factory in Itajubá (MG), the first flight of a unit of EC725 completely produced in the company in Brazil. The flight took place two months before the deadline for the schedule of activities of the EC725 project. The BRA 17 inaugurates the third stage of the program... Read more

Bond Helicopters Australia launches with five-year offshore contract

Bond Helicopters Australia launches with five-year offshore contract

15-Oct-2013Source: Avincis Group

Bond Helicopters Australia Pty Ltd (Bond) today formally celebrated the launch of its new business providing offshore helicopter services to the energy industry in Australia, one of the fastest growing offshore markets in the world. Representatives of State and Federal Governments, oil and  gas companies and the aviation industry were among the guests at a... Read more

EC225 grounding cost Bond £4.17M

EC225 grounding cost Bond £4.17M

3-Oct-2013Source: Business Insider

The company notes in full-year accounts filed with Companies House, the grounding of the Eurocopter EC225’s “resulted in reduced flying activity and revenue and also additional non-recurring costs”.  See full story... Read more

Avincis buys three new EC225s

Avincis buys three new EC225s

25-Sep-2013Source: Eurocopter

Avincis Group (Avincis), the world’s leading provider of aerial services for mission critical operations, and Eurocopter today announced the purchase of three new EC225 helicopters. The helicopters will be used by Avincis’ subsidiary Bond Helicopters Australia (Bond) to service its multi-million dollar, five year contract with the PTTEP Australasia Group of Companies, part of Thailand’s... Read more

CAE and Eurocopter to set up EC225 training centre in Norway

CAE and Eurocopter to set up EC225 training centre in Norway

25-Sep-2013Source: Eurocopter

CAE and Eurocopter today announced an agreement for an EC225 training facility in Norway, including a CAE 3000 Series Level D flight and mission simulator that will begin operation in 2015 as part of the Eurocopter-approved simulation center. The center’s new EC225 simulator will provide an unprecedented level of realism for pilot mission training –... Read more

Oil & Gas UK Comments on HSSG’s Recommendation to Return Helicopters to Flight

Oil & Gas UK Comments on HSSG’s Recommendation to Return Helicopters to Flight

1-Sep-2013Source: Oil & Gas UK

Oil & Gas UK’s chief executive, Malcolm Webb, said: “We commend the HSSG’s thorough review of this situation and the agreement which has been reached today. Oil & Gas UK is in complete alignment with this agreement, including the decision to return the aircraft in question to flight in a phased and proper manner and... Read more

HSSG recommends end of Super Puma flight suspension

HSSG recommends end of Super Puma flight suspension

1-Sep-2013Source: HSSG

On Saturday 24 August, Step Change in Safety’s Helicopter Safety Steering Group (HSSG) took the precautionary measure of taking a time out for safety by recommending temporary cessation of all commercial passenger flights of the AS332 L, L1, L2 and EC225 variant of helicopter to and from offshore oil and gas installations within the UK, following the... Read more

Emotions high as Facebook page against AS332 gains 28,000 followers

Emotions high as Facebook page against AS332 gains 28,000 followers

26-Aug-2013Source: HeliHub.com

Eurocopter have a major uphill PR battle ahead of them, for certain. Since the Shetland fatal accident on Friday – less than three days ago as this is written – a Facebook page “Destroy the Super Pumas” has gained over 28,000 followers. While it is clearly not something people in the aviation industry would support,... Read more

CHC continues AS332L/L1, EC225 operations – except in UK

CHC continues AS332L/L1, EC225 operations – except in UK

26-Aug-2013Source: CHC

Extract from CHC statement 11pm UK 25th August:- CHC plans to resume normal operations on Monday with AS332L/L1 and EC225 aircraft. We will continue to hold all flights worldwide involving AS332L2 aircraft, except for those involved in life-saving SAR and medevac missions. In the U.K., consistent with a request by the Helicopter Safety Steering Group... Read more

Simplex sells high-rise building firefighting system for Japan

Simplex sells high-rise building firefighting system for Japan

20-Aug-2013Source: Simplex

Simplex® Aerospace has received an order from Japan Aerospace for a high rise building water cannon, called the SkyCannon™, for the Eurocopter EC 225 helicopter. The high rise SkyCannon™ will be deployed for use in the city of Tokyo. Simplex® Aerospace will obtain an FAA STC along with Japanese reciprocal approval for use in Japan.... Read more

Bristow more cautious on EC225, targetting Oct-Dec quarter return to service

Bristow more cautious on EC225, targetting Oct-Dec quarter return to service

5-Aug-2013Source: Bristow Group

This is an extract from the Bristow quarterly financial report Eurocopter, the manufacturer of the EC225 Super Puma aircraft, has indicated that they have determined the root causes of the gear shaft failure in the EC225 that occurred in 2012. This determination has been reviewed and verified by airworthiness authorities and independent third parties. The... Read more

SonAir resumes Eurocopter EC225 operations

SonAir resumes Eurocopter EC225 operations

1-Aug-2013Source: Eurocopter

SonAir, Africa’s largest oil and gas helicopter operator, has become the first operator to resume passenger transportation flights with the suspended EC225 fleet. Three flights were performed successfully with two EC225s from Luanda to two offshore platforms. Based in Angola, SonAir is the aviation division of Sonangol, Angola’s national oil company. Its resumption of EC225... Read more

Milestone closes US$300M credit facility to acquire/lease Bristow aircraft

Milestone closes US$300M credit facility to acquire/lease Bristow aircraft

31-Jul-2013Source: Milestone Aviation

Milestone Aviation Group, the global leader in helicopter leasing, announced today that it has closed a new US$300 million credit facility. The company will use the proceeds to acquire and lease helicopters valued at US$400 million to affiliates of Bristow Group Inc. The assets include Sikorsky S-92’s, Eurocopter EC225’s and AgustaWestland AW189 and AW139 aircraft.... Read more

Milestone supports Blueway with financing of 4th EC225

Milestone supports Blueway with financing of 4th EC225

31-Jul-2013Source: Milestone Aviation

Milestone Aviation Group, the global leader in helicopter leasing, announced today that it is financing the delivery of a Eurocopter EC225 to Blueway Offshore Norge AS, a subsidiary of Blueway AS. The Norwegian registered aircraft will be used for crew change missions to offshore oil and gas platforms in the North Sea. The European delivery... Read more

DanCopter receives its fourth Eurocopter EC225

DanCopter receives its fourth Eurocopter EC225

29-Jul-2013Source: Eurocopter

Eurocopter has delivered a fourth EC225 helicopter to Denmark’s DanCopter A/S – which operates the rotorcraft for crew change missions to offshore oil and gas platforms in the North Sea. The handover was made at the Marignane, France production facility of Eurocopter, and will be followed by the helicopter’s ferry flight to DanCopter’s Esbjerg, Denmark... Read more

HSSG response to EASA and CAA Directive on EC225

HSSG response to EASA and CAA Directive on EC225

11-Jul-2013Source: HSSG

The Helicopter Safety Steering Group (HSSG) welcomes the Directive from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) as the first major step in bringing the fleet of EC225 helicopters back to safe flight operations. The safety barriers proposed will give several layers of assurance that this helicopter is safe to fly.... Read more

EASA approves interim fix for EC225 over-water flights

EASA approves interim fix for EC225 over-water flights

10-Jul-2013Source: UK CAA and others

Following publication of an airworthiness directive by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for Super Puma helicopters on 9 July 2013, the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) will subsequently amend its operational restriction on the helicopter type, allowing each aircraft to return to service once the requirements of the EASA directive are met. EASA is... Read more

Eurocopter delivers three EC225s to Asian offshore operators

Eurocopter delivers three EC225s to Asian offshore operators

26-Jun-2013Source: Eurocopter

The deliveries of three new EC225s to customers in Vietnam and Malaysia further expands the fleet of Eurocopter’s workhorse helicopter deployed worldwide in demanding operating conditions of the offshore oil and gas industry. EC225 deliveries involve the Southern Vietnam Helicopter Company (VNH South), along with Awan Inspirasi Sdn Bhd (AISB) and MHS Aviation – both... Read more

Malaysia’s Kris Sakti Aviation signs for Eurocopter AS350B3e, EC135T3 and EC225

Malaysia’s Kris Sakti Aviation signs for Eurocopter AS350B3e, EC135T3 and EC225

21-Jun-2013Source: Eurocopter

The development, monitoring and maintenance of Malaysia’s electrical power infrastructure will be performed by Eurocopter’s AS350 B3e, EC135 T3 and EC225 helicopters, which are being ordered by Kris Sakti Aviation. A subsidiary of Kris Sakti Holding, Kris Sakti Aviation will embark on a new venture to provide aerial power line solutions in Malaysia, as they... Read more

VNH South recognised for flight hour milestone as more EC225s arrive

VNH South recognised for flight hour milestone as more EC225s arrive

19-Jun-2013Source: Eurocopter

During the Paris Airshow, VNH South was recognized in an appreciation ceremony that highlighted the operator’s continuing trust and support in Eurocopter products for the past 27 years – logging an impressive 54,000 flight hours with its Super Puma fleet. This number is set to increase further with the arrival of new EC225s for the... Read more

86% of North Sea oilmen fear flying in EC225

86% of North Sea oilmen fear flying in EC225

6-Jun-2013Source: Press & Journal

Eurocopter has an uphill PR battle ahead of them – nearly nine out of 10 offshore workers have lost confidence in the model of helicopter involved in two North Sea ditchings last year. (see full story) NOTE other reports are sceptical of this article, saying the word ‘fear’ did not appear in the survey... Read more

New “Land or Ditch Immediately” advice for EC225 operators

New “Land or Ditch Immediately” advice for EC225 operators

31-May-2013Source: HeliHub.com

This week, EASA has issued a new Emergency Airworthiness Directive for the Emergency Lubrication (EMLUB) system of the Eurocopter EC225. The original design of the EMLUB system guaranteed 30 minute of safe flight in the event of total loss of the dual oil lubrication system of the main gearbox. Investigations by EASA have revealed an... Read more

EC225 pilots nominated for flying award

EC225 pilots nominated for flying award

29-May-2013Source: The Herald Scotland

Four hero pilots who saved the lives of 29 oil workers after two helicopter ditchings off the coast of Scotland have been shortlisted for a prestigious flying award. (See Full Story)... Read more

Bristow – EC225 situation will last another year or more

Bristow – EC225 situation will last another year or more

23-May-2013Source: HeliHub.com

From Bristow’s latest financial statements comes this quote Recently, Eurocopter, the manufacturer of the EC225 Super Puma aircraft, has indicated that they have determined the root causes of the gear shaft failure in the EC225, which are being reviewed by airworthiness authorities and independent third parties. The definitive solution to the problem will be a... Read more

Eurocopter to supply EC225 and AS350B3e to China’s State Grid General Aviation Company

Eurocopter to supply EC225 and AS350B3e to China’s State Grid General Aviation Company

22-May-2013Source: Eurocopter

China’s largest helicopter operator in the power and electricity sectors, the State Grid General Aviation Company (SGGAC), has ordered one EC225 and two AS350 B3e rotorcraft to support the country’s electrical grid development and build the Chinese company’s business into other airlift duties. As the wholly-owned subsidiary of State Grid Corporation of China, one of... Read more

Bond enters Australian market with multi-million contract

Bond enters Australian market with multi-million contract

15-May-2013Source: Bond Helicopters

Bond Helicopters Australia Pty Ltd (Bond) is delighted to announce that it has won a competitive tender for the award of a multi-million dollar, five-year contract with the PTTEP Australasia Group of Companies (PTTEP), part of Thailand’s national petroleum exploration and production company. This is Bond’s first major contract in the region, and marks the... Read more

Helibras announces EC225/EC725 simulator

Helibras announces EC225/EC725 simulator

15-Apr-2013Source: Helibras

[electronic translation] Helibras announces during LAAD Defence & Security 2013 – International Exhibition of Defence and Security in Rio de Janeiro (RJ), the details of the construction of a training center and Simulators Flight helicopters EC725 and EC225, models being produced in company’s new hangar in Itajubá (MG). The new Training Center and Simulators Helibras... Read more

Step Change in Safety report highlights offshore safety achievements

Step Change in Safety report highlights offshore safety achievements

4-Apr-2013Source: Step Change

Step Change in Safety has published its 2013 Annual Update report and has called on the UK oil and gas industry to continue its focus on improving safety performance. The report reviews the organisation’s achievements over the last year and identifies where it will focus its attention in future. Highlights include: The launch of the Workforce Engagement Toolkit –... Read more

Weststar Aviation Services order two Eurocopter EC225s

Weststar Aviation Services order two Eurocopter EC225s

27-Mar-2013Source: Eurocopter

Following major orders of the EC225 signed at the Heli-Expo earlier this month in Las Vegas, the sales momentum for this 11-ton class helicopter from Eurocopter’s Super Puma family continues at the Langkawi Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition this week in Malaysia with an order for two units from Weststar Aviation Services. A Memorandum of Understanding... Read more

Eurocopter reports on third round of EC225 tests

Eurocopter reports on third round of EC225 tests

20-Mar-2013Source: Eurocopter

The third round of tests at Eurocopter – which focused on the bevel gear shaft – is complete. The investigation timetable is proceeding according to plan, with each step bringing us closer to the probable causes and solutions. The investigation results are currently being analyzed and will be reported by Eurocopter in accordance with the... Read more

Eurocopter creates new UK-based PR role

Eurocopter creates new UK-based PR role

9-Mar-2013Source: PR Week

Eurocopter has created a new top PR role to help drive comms efforts amid a Civil Aviation Authority ban on its EC225 Super Puma helicopters following North Sea ditching incidents last year (see full story)... Read more

Eurocopter and Milestone Aviation Group getting closer together

Eurocopter and Milestone Aviation Group getting closer together

6-Mar-2013Source: Eurocopter

An innovative agreement signed by Eurocopter and Milestone Aviation Group today brings these two industry leaders together for cooperative marketing of Milestone’s growing helicopter portfolio, backed by Eurocopter’s comprehensive Parts-by-the-Hour (PBH) support services. This agreement enables Eurocopter to provide its customers and operators commercial access to Milestone’s inventory of helicopters with all of the financial... Read more

Milestone orders five EC175s and more EC225s

Milestone orders five EC175s and more EC225s

6-Mar-2013Source: Eurocopter

Milestone Aviation Group, the global leader in helicopter leasing, today announced an order for 14 additional Eurocopter EC225 twin-engine helicopters, which will join the 16 EC225s ordered last year – along with the company’s initial EC175 booking, covering five of these next-generation aircraft. This new order for the two Eurocopter helicopter types brings Milestone’s EC225... Read more

Turbomeca and CHC sign a major Support by the Hour Contract

Turbomeca and CHC sign a major Support by the Hour Contract

6-Mar-2013Source: Turbomeca

At Heli Expo, Turbomeca announced the Support By the Hour (SBH®) contract signed with CHC Helicopter. This contract covers 60 Makila 2 engines powering CHC EC 225 helicopters used for offshore missions, notably in North Sea and Black Sea regions, Nigeria and Australia. William Amelio, CHC President & CEO, said: “The Turbomeca SBH® contract contributes... Read more

What is Eurocopter showing at Heli-Expo?

What is Eurocopter showing at Heli-Expo?

26-Feb-2013Source: Eurocopter

“At Heli-Expo 2013, Eurocopter will highlight how we are meeting our vision of transitioning from an industry-leading helicopter manufacturer to the no. 1 vertical lift mission solutions provider,” said President & CEO Lutz Bertling. “We will achieve this vision through the evolution of our current product line, the introduction of a next-generation rotorcraft family and... Read more

Indra to develop EC225 simulators for Malaysia and Brazil

Indra to develop EC225 simulators for Malaysia and Brazil

21-Feb-2013Source: Indra

Indra will supply two new EC225 transport helicopter simulators to Eurocopter. The systems will be implemented in the training centres of the aircraft manufacturer in Malaysia and Brazil. These two new orders were closed following the delivery by Indra of the first EC225 helicopter simulator in 2011, which is currently operating at Eurocopter’s pilot training... Read more

Helicopter Safety Steering Group publishes findings of visit to Eurocopter

Helicopter Safety Steering Group publishes findings of visit to Eurocopter

15-Feb-2013Source: Step Change In Safety

The Helicopter Safety Steering Group has published its findings, following a visit to Eurocopter’s manufacturing and test facility in Marignane, France on 6 February. The group has published a fact sheet which can be easily downloaded, shared, printed off or forwarded as necessary. The fact sheet documents details of the site visit and the latest... Read more

EC225 update – North Sea delegation visiting Eurocopter this week

EC225 update – North Sea delegation visiting Eurocopter this week

5-Feb-2013Source: Step Change in Safety

A delegation representing the Helicopter Safety Steering Group is to visit Eurocopter’s manufacturing and test facility at Marignane, France, following an invitation from the company. On Wednesday 6 February, the group will see first-hand the efforts Eurocopter are going to in order to determine the root cause of the failure which led to two helicopters... Read more

EC225s to fly short crew-only flights over land

EC225s to fly short crew-only flights over land

20-Jan-2013Source: Step Change in Safety

Helicopter operators are maintaining readiness for the return to service of EC225s. An element of this are short maintenance flights over land. The 20-minute flights will take place without passengers and are intended to keep the aircraft within their maintenance certification, meaning they won’t have to be placed for long periods in storage. As these... Read more

Eurocopter’s EC225 theory not proven – more testing, more delays

Eurocopter’s EC225 theory not proven – more testing, more delays

18-Jan-2013Source: Eurocopter

For the past weeks, Eurocopter has continued to regularly communicate with oil and gas customers/operators and industry representatives concerning the EC225 main gearbox shaft failures, while respecting the confidentiality of the official accident investigation. The company has provided an overview of its approach to the root cause analysis performed during the past several weeks and... Read more

Norway – CHC Helikopter Service secured nine contracts in 2012

Norway – CHC Helikopter Service secured nine contracts in 2012

20-Dec-2012Source: Aftenbladet

The huge contracts mean the company has ensured most of the employees work until 2023.  This is the first time-ever CHC Helikopter Service has secured nine different assignments in the course of one calendar year.  (see full story)... Read more

Indra delivers first helicopter full-flight simulator to be certified in China

Indra delivers first helicopter full-flight simulator to be certified in China

19-Dec-2012Source: Indra

In September, Indra became the first company in the world to be certified by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) for the implementation of a Full Flight Simulator (FFS) for helicopters. The company implemented its EC-225 Level B simulator at Airbus’ pilot training centre in Beijing. This helicopter simulator is the first to ‘fly’... Read more

Oil & Gas UK Board meet with Eurocopter representatives

Oil & Gas UK Board meet with Eurocopter representatives

5-Dec-2012Source: Oil & Gas UK

Members of Oil & Gas UK’s Board today (Wednesday 5 December) met with senior representatives from Eurocopter in Aberdeen. Eurocopter had been invited to update the group on their investigation into the main bevel gear shaft failures, which led to two ditching incidents earlier in the year. Eurocopter has been carrying out extensive testing of... Read more

AAIB issues Special Report on latest EC225 ditching

AAIB issues Special Report on latest EC225 ditching

29-Nov-2012Source: AAIB

Report name: S7/2012 – EC225 LP Super Puma, G-CHCN Registration: G-CHCN Type: EC225 LP Super Puma Location: In the North Sea, approximately 32 nm southwest of Sumburgh, Shetland Islands Date of occurrence: 22 October 2012 Category: Commercial Air Transport – Rotorcraft Summary:  This Special Bulletin contains information on the progress of the investigation into identifying... Read more

Eurocopter targets February 2013 for EC225 fix

Eurocopter targets February 2013 for EC225 fix

21-Nov-2012Source: Eurocopter

Please find below the latest information following a meeting with the Helicopter Safety Steering Group (HSSG) on November 15, with the participation of Eurocopter President and CEO Lutz Bertling and Eurocopter Executive Vice President Engineering Jean-Brice Dumont. The goal of this meeting was to provide more information on the current investigation and the ongoing tests... Read more

Turbomeca and Chinese SAR celebrate 10 years of cooperation

Turbomeca and Chinese SAR celebrate 10 years of cooperation

15-Nov-2012Source: Turbomeca

During the Air Show China, Turbomeca is proud to celebrate 10 years of successful cooperation with the China Rescue & Salvage, Ministry of Transport (CRS-MOT). 100% powered by Turbomeca, the helicopter fleet of MOT is dedicated to salvage and rescue missions for the coastline of China. The eight Makila 2 and 16 Arriel 2S Turbomeca... Read more

Turbomeca engines reach 400,000 hours on Citic Offshore fleet

Turbomeca engines reach 400,000 hours on Citic Offshore fleet

15-Nov-2012Source: Turbomeca

During the Air Show China, Turbomeca China (Safran group) and Citic Offshore Helicopter Co Ltd (COHC) celebrate the 400,000 cumulative operation hours of Turbomeca engines powering COHC fleet. Today, COHC is the biggest civil helicopter operator in South-east Asia. Lin Yang, Turbomeca China Customer Support & Sales Director, said: “COHC is one of our most... Read more

Eurocopter issues EC225 “Key Messages”

Eurocopter issues EC225 “Key Messages”

7-Nov-2012Source: Eurocopter

On October 22, 2012, during a flight to an offshore platform, a controlled ditching was performed with an EC225 helicopter. No one on board was injured and everyone was brought back to land safely. The helicopter remained afloat thanks to its emergency floatation gear and was recovered by a ship. An emergency lubrication warning light... Read more

Helibras inaugurates new Brazilian EC725/EC225 assembly facility

Helibras inaugurates new Brazilian EC725/EC225 assembly facility

4-Oct-2012Source: Eurocopter

Eurocopter marked a major development for Brazil’s aeronautical industry yesterday with the inauguration of its Helibras subsidiary’s new rotary-wing center of excellence in Itajubá, Minas Gerais, where Brazilian Armed Forces EC725 helicopters will be assembled. Helibras’ new Itajubá plant will produce, assemble and maintain the EC725s being acquired by Brazil’s three armed forces in the... Read more

Tokyo Fire Department orders second EC225

Tokyo Fire Department orders second EC225

17-Jul-2012Source: Eurocopter

The Tokyo Fire Department has signed on another EC225 this month, adding to its Eurocopter fleet of fire-fighting, emergency medical services as well as search & rescue helicopters. This affirms Eurocopter’s leading position in Japan as the preferred choice for such missions, and proves its capability in meeting high expectations. Following the purchase of an... Read more

Eurocopter delivers four EC225 to Blueway for North Sea operations

Eurocopter delivers four EC225 to Blueway for North Sea operations

13-Jul-2012Source: Eurocopter

Eurocopter will provide the leading Northern European helicopter operator Blueway Group with a total of four new EC225s in 2012. Two of these helicopters are already in service for crew change operations on the Danish continental shelf. The third aircraft was delivered today during a ceremony at Eurocopter’s facilities in Marignane while the final helicopter... Read more

Bristow announces long-term contracts for 20 large helicopters

Bristow announces long-term contracts for 20 large helicopters

12-Jul-2012Source: Bristow Group

Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS), a leading provider of helicopter services to the offshore energy industry, announced today that it has secured several major new multi-year contracts for the provision of a total of 20 large aircraft that are expected to generate in excess of $2 billion in revenue. In Europe, Bristow has been particularly successful with a number... Read more

Eurocopter clears Bond over EC225 ditching

Eurocopter clears Bond over EC225 ditching

19-Jun-2012Source: HeliHub.com

In an unusual move, Eurocopter has announced that there is no blame on Bond Offshore Helicopters for the ditching of their EC225 on 10th May.  In an unpublished statement released only to the Aberdeen Press & Journal – and then widely re-reported elsewhere, Eurocopter have stated “the incident was caused by a rupture of the... Read more

Taiwan to put SAR EC225s into service in July

Taiwan to put SAR EC225s into service in July

19-Jun-2012Source: Taipei Times

The air force will put three SAR helicopters purchased from Europe into service next month, in a move to beef up its disaster relief capabilities, the Ministry of National Defense said yesterday. (see full story).  The three were delivered in-country in November 2011... Read more

Team NORDSAR – Eurocopter and Heli-One join forces to bid for Norwegian SAR

Team NORDSAR – Eurocopter and Heli-One join forces to bid for Norwegian SAR

31-May-2012Source: Eurocopter

A capable, mission-tailored solution for Norway’s new search and rescue helicopter acquisition is now available with Team NORDSAR. It brings together the extensive resources of Eurocopter and its EC225 NORDSAR helicopter with the in-country aircraft maintenance and logistic support capabilities of Heli-One Norway AS. The Team NORDSAR (Nordic Search And Rescue) agreement, announced today, responds... Read more

Bristow ferry EC225 half way round the world

Bristow ferry EC225 half way round the world

24-May-2012Source: HeliHub.com

Bristow yesterday returned a Eurocopter EC225 to the British register as G-ZZSH, having previously been flying it in Australia for two years as VH-ZFH.  However, it is unusual for such ferry flights to be done by air, as was the case here. The EC225 finally landed at Aberdeen around 2pm on Tuesday, and while we... Read more

Bond AS332s and EC225s take to the air again

Bond AS332s and EC225s take to the air again

15-May-2012Source: Bond Aviation Group

Bond Offshore Helicopters Ltd., one of the UK’s leading providers of energy support services announced the resumption of flights following the release of important data from Eurocopter. The full fleet of helicopters will return to service over the next 24 hrs. Bill Munro, Managing Director of Bond Offshore Helicopters said, “Bond puts safety first, above... Read more

Helicopter Safety Steering Group meets over North Sea EC225 ditching

Helicopter Safety Steering Group meets over North Sea EC225 ditching

15-May-2012Source: Oil & Gas UK

The Helicopter Safety Steering Group (HSSG) met today, Monday 14 May, to share preliminary information on the recent helicopter ditching incident in the North Sea. Making up the HSSG are helicopter operators, oil and gas operators and contractors, offshore trade unions, the pilots’ union BALPA, the regulators HSE and CAA and Oil & Gas UK.... Read more

Bond EC225 ditching – AAIB report consistent with Bond analysis

Bond EC225 ditching – AAIB report consistent with Bond analysis

15-May-2012Source: Bond Aviation Group

Bond Offshore Helicopters Ltd., one of the UK’s leading providers of energy support services concur with the initial findings of the AAIB interim Service Bulletin S2/2012 issued which indicates component failure. The bulletin states that, “An initial visual inspection of the main gearbox has identified a 360° circumferential crack on the bevel gear vertical shaft,... Read more

Bond issue statement on North Sea ditching

Bond issue statement on North Sea ditching

11-May-2012Source: Bond Aviation Group

Bond Offshore Helicopters Ltd, one of the UK’s leading providers of energy support services reports that at 12.13h today an Eurocopter EC225 helicopter (registration G-REDW) outbound from Aberdeen going to the Ensco102 Maersk Resilient platform made a controlled descent 24 nautical miles off-shore. The Captain and Co-pilot made the controlled descent and landed on the... Read more

Eurocopter delivers second EC225 to AirTelis

Eurocopter delivers second EC225 to AirTelis

10-May-2012Source: Eurocopter

Eurocopter, the world’s leading helicopter manufacturer in civil and parapublic markets, has delivered the second EC225 to AIRTELIS – a wholly-owned subsidiary of France’s RTE public utility company. Created in 2011, AIRTELIS performs heliborne operations for customers in France and abroad, benefitting from the competence of RTE to carry out such missions. With this second... Read more

Omni receives first of four EC225, and orders six more

Omni receives first of four EC225, and orders six more

20-Apr-2012Source: Eurocopter

Eurocopter has delivered the first from an initial contract for four EC225 helicopters to OMNI Helicopter International (OHI). During this occasion, OHI also placed a second order for six additional aircraft of this type, bringing to ten the total number of EC225s that they will operate for oil & gas missions in Brazil. Delivered in... Read more

Moroccan Royal Gendarmerie recognized for 50 years of Eurocopter operations

Moroccan Royal Gendarmerie recognized for 50 years of Eurocopter operations

9-Apr-2012Source: Eurocopter

Five decades of Eurocopter helicopter operations by the Moroccan Royal Gendarmerie were celebrated today at the 2012 Marrakech Air Show, where a commemorative plaque was presented to the military service. The Moroccan Royal Gendarmerie Air Squadron operates a fleet of Eurocopter rotorcraft that covers the company’s product range, with an inventory including SA3130 Alouette II,... Read more

Japan acquires a Eurocopter EC225 for passenger transportation

Japan acquires a Eurocopter EC225 for passenger transportation

15-Mar-2012Source: Eurocopter Japan

Eurocopter Japan, a subsidiary of Eurocopter Group, will supply one EC225 to the Japan Ministry of Defense, to be operated by the Japanese ground self defense force for passenger transport. It is a replacement for the same helicopter model which was submerged during the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in March last year. The... Read more

EASA certifies Rockwell Collins TCAS II on Eurocopter EC225

EASA certifies Rockwell Collins TCAS II on Eurocopter EC225

22-Feb-2012Source: Rockwell Collins

Rockwell Collins, the first avionics company to certify Traffic Alert Collision Avoidance System (TCAS II) on long-range helicopters, recently received European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification of its TCAS II on the Eurocopter EC225 Super Puma Mk II+. This is the first-ever forward fit TCAS II application on a helicopter. This certification follows the pioneering achievement... Read more

Southern Vietnam Helicopter Corp signs for fourth EC225

Southern Vietnam Helicopter Corp signs for fourth EC225

16-Feb-2012Source: Eurocopter

The Southern Vietnam Helicopter Corporation of Vietnam (VNH South) signed a contract today with Eurocopter South East Asia for its fourth EC225 heavy helicopter. This acquisition follows closely on its last purchase of the same aircraft type six months ago, as it continues to expand its fleet for offshore oil and gas operations. On the... Read more

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