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Airbus mark 40 year partnership with US Coast Guard

Airbus mark 40 year partnership with US Coast Guard

28-Jul-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

Employees who were there can still describe in detail the palpable excitement in the air when Airbus, Aerospatiale at the time, won the U.S. Coast Guard contract for nearly 100 MH-65 Dauphin helicopters for short-range recovery missions in 1979. It was the beginning of a new era for the small North Texas aviation company. An... Read more

Airbus takes H160 on three week Morocco demo tour

Airbus takes H160 on three week Morocco demo tour

23-Jul-2021

Airbus Helicopters have recently taken one of their H160 demonstrator aircraft on a demo tour of Morocco, from 28th June to 17th July.   The company advised HeliHub.com that they presented the H160 to a range of helicopter operators based in Africa and the Middle East covering different sets of missions like Oil and Gas, EMS... Read more

Heli Austria to operate two VR Helicopter Flight Simulators

Heli Austria to operate two VR Helicopter Flight Simulators

21-Jul-2021Source: VRM Switzerland

Heli Austria Flight Academy is going to operate a Robinson R22 and an Airbus H125 Training Device from VRM Switzerland. The Robinson R22 Training Solution will be utilized to modernize basic helicopter pilot training within the Academy. Students can benefit from state-of-the-art training up to commercial operations. The Airbus H125 Simulator will enable training and... Read more

Serco withdraw from UK SAR 2G contest

Serco withdraw from UK SAR 2G contest

15-Jul-2021

Following a tip-off from an industry contact, HeliHub.com can confirm that Serco have withdrawn from the UK Search and Rescue contract process known as SAR 2G.  A representative from Serco has this morning validated the situation. This leaves the following bidders, to whom tender documents will be delivered by the end of August 2021.  We... Read more

Two Spanish helicopters end up in the water on the same day

Two Spanish helicopters end up in the water on the same day

12-Jul-2021Source: HeliHub.com

Yesterday saw two twin-turbine helicopters have accidents in Spain. In the early hours of the morning, a Customs AS365N3 Dauphin operated by Eliance was chasing a boat crossing the Strait of Gibraltar, suspected of drug running.  No details have yet been released as to the circumstances of how the helicopter ended up in the water. ... Read more

Safran Arrano 1A obtains FAA certification

Safran Arrano 1A obtains FAA certification

12-Jul-2021Source: Safran Helicopter Engines

Safran Helicopter Engines has received FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) type certification for its Arrano 1A engine, installed in the Airbus H160 helicopter. Arrano is a new-generation turboshaft in the 1,100 to 1,300 shp power range. It integrates the best in aero-engine technologies and offers a 15 % reduction in fuel consumption over other in-service helicopter... Read more

11-Jul-21 EC-JDQ Airbus AS365N3 Strait of Gibraltar, Spain (1F)

11-Jul-21 EC-JDQ Airbus AS365N3 Strait of Gibraltar, Spain (1F)

11-Jul-2021

Customs helicopter was involved in attempting to apprehend a boat being driven at high speed in the early hours of the morning, suspected of transporting drugs across the Strait of Gibraltar.  Helicopter crashed into the sea, and the observer died in the accident – named here as José Luis Domínguez Iborra.  Pilot and Copilot were... Read more

Helibras fly H225M tests with the Exocet AM39 B2M2 missiles

Helibras fly H225M tests with the Exocet AM39 B2M2 missiles

9-Jul-2021Source: Helibras

The H225M multi-mission helicopter in its Naval Version has completed an important step towards completion of its certification. The shooting campaign with the Exocet AM39 B2M2 missiles was carried out with the logistical and operational support of the Brazilian Navy, from the São Pedro da Aldeia Naval Air Base. The delivery of the first unit of this... Read more

Van Horn is developing tail blades for Airbus H125/AS350

Van Horn is developing tail blades for Airbus H125/AS350

7-Jul-2021Source: Van Horn Aviation

Composite aftermarket rotor blade manufacturer Van Horn Aviation completed a ground run of its newly-developed tail rotor assembly for the Airbus Helicopters H125, previously known as the AS350. The new system features two individually-replaceable composite tail rotor blades attached to a VHA-designed titanium hub using self-lubricating spherical bearings. Since VHA’s H125/AS350 tail rotor blades use... Read more

STARS adds second Airbus H145 in Saskatchewan

STARS adds second Airbus H145 in Saskatchewan

5-Jul-2021Source: STARS

Together with patients, crew, community supporters and government officials, STARS officially welcomed its newest Airbus H145 helicopter to Regina and the province. The aircraft, which entered service in Saskatchewan weeks ago, is the fifth of ten helicopters needed to replace the air ambulance’s fleet across Western Canada. “Today is about bringing us another step closer to... Read more

Airbus Helionix fleet reaches 500,000 flight hours

Airbus Helionix fleet reaches 500,000 flight hours

5-Jul-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

Underscoring its growing popularity with operators worldwide, Airbus Helicopters’ Helionix avionics suite now equips more than 500 H135, H145, H160, and H175 rotorcraft around the world – with over half a million flight hours logged to date by this fleet. Airbus continues to enhance the capabilities of Helionix with new features, functionality, and connectivity –... Read more

Milestone lease five-blade H145 to Al-Sharqiya Aviation in Oman

Milestone lease five-blade H145 to Al-Sharqiya Aviation in Oman

5-Jul-2021Source: Milestone Aviation

AL-Sharqiya Aviation LLC (“ASA”), the first and only commercial helicopter operator in the Sultanate of Oman, announced today that it will shortly take delivery of its first Airbus H145 helicopter, leased from the Milestone Aviation Group Limited (“Milestone”). Not only is this the first five-bladed Airbus H145 for ASA, but it is also the first... Read more

Leonardo investing heavily in AW149 for UK New Medium Helicopter program

Leonardo investing heavily in AW149 for UK New Medium Helicopter program

1-Jul-2021Source: HeliHub.com

Leonardo is investing a significant amount of time and resources into ensuring the AW149 is as well-prepared as it can be for the UK New Medium Helicopter (NMH) requirement. In March, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced the programme by press release, well ahead of any more detailed documentation being made available. It is... Read more

Kawasaki scores first firefighting order for five-blade H145

Kawasaki scores first firefighting order for five-blade H145

1-Jul-2021Source: HeliHub.com

Kawasaki Heavy Industries has announced that they have received an order from Fukuoka City for the five-bladed H145 (aka BK117 D3) for firefighting and disaster prevention . This is the Japanese manufacturer’s first order for a D3 in the firefighting / disaster prevention role, something Japan is well known for. Fukuoka City Fire Department Fire... Read more

Helicopters tailored for special forces

Helicopters tailored for special forces

30-Jun-2021

With the H145M, the H225M and the NH90, Airbus Helicopters offers a comprehensive and complementary range of rotorcraft tailored for special operations. Already in service, the H145M and the H225M have proven their worth, while the NH90 is evolving to adapt to the specific needs of the special forces with the upcoming Standard 2. “Nowhere... Read more

28-Jun-21 M502-3 Airbus AS555SN Lumut, Malaysia

28-Jun-21 M502-3 Airbus AS555SN Lumut, Malaysia

28-Jun-2021

Heavy vertical landing, with skids splayed out, base of fuselage touching the ground and tail boom twisted.  Main blades untouched, pictures suggest.  4 POB to the medical unit on the naval base where the accident occurred.... Read more

Flight Data Systems gains STC for CVR/FDR for Airbus H145

Flight Data Systems gains STC for CVR/FDR for Airbus H145

25-Jun-2021Source: Flight Data Systems

Flight Data Systems (FDS), a leading provider of flight data solutions for the business, military, rotorcraft, and commercial aviation segments, announced a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC), gained through SKYTRAC, for the SENTRY Cockpit Voice and Flight Data Recorder on a H145 twin-engine medium utility-transport helicopter. The STC will enable the installation of multiple variants of... Read more

Airbus and SKYTRAC Formalize Long-term Supply Chain Agreement

Airbus and SKYTRAC Formalize Long-term Supply Chain Agreement

22-Jun-2021Source: SKYTRAC

SKYTRAC, a leader in satellite communications (Satcom) and intelligent connectivity solutions, announced that it has signed a long-term agreement with Airbus Helicopters, Inc.  that will enable customers to select SKYTRAC avionics on newly purchased helicopters including the popular H145, H160, H175 and H225 models. “SKYTRAC and Airbus Helicopters have a longstanding history, and we are... Read more

SAF orders three H145s for EMS missions in France

SAF orders three H145s for EMS missions in France

21-Jun-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

SAF Group will be operating three more five-bladed H145s for emergency medical services (EMS) in France. These three aircraft will be based in Grenoble, Valence, and Montpellier. They will complement the three H145s already ordered by SAF in 2018 and 2020, the first of which was delivered recently and will be deployed for EMS missions... Read more

Airbus makes improvements to H135 balance chamber on main blades

Airbus makes improvements to H135 balance chamber on main blades

17-Jun-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

In the frame of the product improvement program for its H135 light twin-engine aircraft, Airbus Helicopters has developed new solutions to avoid cracks from appearing near the main rotor blade (MRB) balance chamber of certain concerned EC135 P3/T3 and EC135H variants, leading to reduced maintenance costs and improved aircraft availability. From July 2021, the balance chamber... Read more

Aviator Group becomes Helionix world-wide fleet leader

Aviator Group becomes Helionix world-wide fleet leader

16-Jun-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters’ Australian customer Aviator Group, has reached a key milestone to become the H135 Helionix world-wide fleet leader, surpassing 2,600 flight hours on their H135 aircraft, currently flying in Port Hedland, Western Australia. The H135 is supporting Helicopter Marine Pilot Transfers (HMPT) services for the Pilbara Port Authority and the Port of Port Hedland,... Read more

Superior Air Med returns to the Metro Family

Superior Air Med returns to the Metro Family

15-Jun-2021Source: Metro Aviation

Superior Air-Ground Ambulance Service is returning to the Metro Family of operations customers this summer, beginning with two new medically-equipped Learjet 45 fixed-wing aircraft for organ procurement and patient transport services.  In July, Superior will stand up a new base with Metro Aviation with an Airbus EC135 in Waukesha, WI.  A few months later, Metro... Read more

Airbus launches Australian rotary-wing safety award

Airbus launches Australian rotary-wing safety award

15-Jun-2021Source: Airbus

The “Civil Helicopter – Innovation in Rotary-wing Safety Award” was launched today at Rotortech, to encourage, recognise and celebrate Australian based rotary wing organisations, groups, and agencies who have made a significant contribution to improve safety performance. To be eligible, nominees must be an Australia Pacific based rotary wing organisation, group, company or agency, and... Read more

Babcock lose UK wind farm contract

Babcock lose UK wind farm contract

14-Jun-2021Source: HeliHub.com

Babcock have lost their remaining UK wind farm contract – supporting the Walney projects off the Cumbrian coast.  Operating for Danish company Ørsted, previously known as Dong Energy, the British operator had purchased a new 135T3 and upgraded an older 135T2 for the work. The five year contract started in April 2018 and was thus... Read more

Airbus calls on industry to join the Sustainable Aviation Fuel User Group

Airbus calls on industry to join the Sustainable Aviation Fuel User Group

10-Jun-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters is bringing the industry together to drive the deployment of biofuels, through the creation of a Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) User Group dedicated to the rotary-wing community. As a pioneer in the civil turbine rotorcraft market, the company is calling all major stakeholders to join the initiative, which aims at reducing aviation’s impact... Read more

Airbus strengthens MRO capabilities with the acquisition of ZF Luftfahrttechnik

Airbus strengthens MRO capabilities with the acquisition of ZF Luftfahrttechnik

10-Jun-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters and ZF Friedrichshafen AG have signed an agreement regarding the acquisition of ZF Luftfahrttechnik GmbH by Airbus Helicopters as part of its strategy to strengthen its maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) capabilities. This step is also a contribution to improving and maintaining the fleet availability of the programs covered by the ZF Luftfahrttechnik... Read more

Airbus awarded $119M contract for support services of UH-72

Airbus awarded $119M contract for support services of UH-72

10-Jun-2021Source: US DoD

Airbus U.S. Space & Defense Inc., Arlington, Virginia, was awarded a $119,788,924 modification (P00455) to contract W58RGZ-17-C-0010 for an extension of contractor logistics support services for the UH-72 Lakota. Work will be performed in Grand Prairie, Texas, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2022. Fiscal 2022 operation and maintenance, Army funds will be... Read more

First rescue helicopter flies on sustainable aviation fuel

First rescue helicopter flies on sustainable aviation fuel

8-Jun-2021Source: Safran Helicopter Engines

A rescue helicopter has flown on sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for the first time, achieving a new milestone in international aviation. Operated by the German non-profit organization ADAC Luftrettung, the Airbus H145 rescue helicopter had its Arriel 2E engines ceremonially refueled with biofuel, a type of SAF, at the air rescue station at Munich’s Harlaching... Read more

Airbus profiles Swedish operator Scandair

Airbus profiles Swedish operator Scandair

8-Jun-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

The acidification of Scandinavia’s lakes has been the subject of study and debate since the 1970s. It is generally accepted to be caused when sulphur and nitrogen oxide in the atmosphere (from human-made pollution) return to Earth as acid rain. Its effect on the environment ranges from the disappearance of certain fish stocks (roach, minnow,... Read more

ADAC makes first flight on sustainable aviation fuel

ADAC makes first flight on sustainable aviation fuel

7-Jun-2021Source: Safran

A rescue helicopter has flown on sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for the first time, achieving a new milestone in international aviation. Operated by the German non-profit organization ADAC Luftrettung, the Airbus H145 rescue helicopter has its Arriel 2E engines ceremonially refuelled with biofuel, a type of SAF, at the air rescue station at Munich’s Harlaching... Read more

Reiser H135 Full Flight Simulator approved by EASA at Level D

Reiser H135 Full Flight Simulator approved by EASA at Level D

4-Jun-2021Source: Reiser Simulation and Training

RST’s newest Airbus H135 full flight simulator was initially qualified to the highest standard Level D by the German Federal Aviation Office (Luftfahrt-Bundesamt / LBA) according to European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) regulations. The most modern FFS helicopter type H135 is thus ready for training at the major training location of Lufthansa Aviation Training GmbH... Read more

Airbus publish profile of Bart Stevenson, President and Founder of Forest Helicopters

Airbus publish profile of Bart Stevenson, President and Founder of Forest Helicopters

3-Jun-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

We sat down with Forest Helicopters to talk about their operations, what they look for in a helicopter and why the H125 is their preferred platform to execute their wide-ranging missions. What’s your name? Bart Stevenson, President and Founder of Forest Helicopters and a pilot with more than 20,000 flight hours. Tell us about Forest... Read more

First Airbus H135 in Russia with Helionix

First Airbus H135 in Russia with Helionix

3-Jun-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

The first H135 with the Helionix system began operating in Russia. The car was purchased by a private client to replace the previous version of the H135. “Today the H135 is the most affordable twin-engine helicopter on the market, approved for instrument flights. The 4-channel autopilot in combination with the Helionix® avionics suite significantly reduces pilot workload. Due... Read more

French Navy adds two more H160s

French Navy adds two more H160s

2-Jun-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

The French Armament General Directorate (DGA) has confirmed an option to Airbus Helicopters, Babcock and Safran Helicopter Engines for two more H160s for the French Navy. These aircraft will join the fleet of four H160s already contracted in 2020, the first of which is currently being assembled by Airbus Helicopters in Marignane, in the south... Read more

Airbus Helicopters appoints its first distributor in Russia

Airbus Helicopters appoints its first distributor in Russia

2-Jun-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus certified the first distributor of its own helicopters in Russia. It is the Gorka business aviation innovation center, which will now be able to offer Russian customers civilian Airbus helicopters: single-engine H125, H130 and twin-engine H135 and H145. The ceremony of presenting the certificate was held today as part of the international exhibition HeliRussia at Crocus... Read more

UTair-Engineering received Airbus approval certificate

UTair-Engineering received Airbus approval certificate

2-Jun-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

Following the audit, Airbus once again certified UTair-Engineering JSC as an authorized maintenance center for helicopters of the European aviation concern in Russia. The ceremony of presenting the certificate was held today as part of the international helicopter industry exhibition HeliRussia at Crocus Expo. “At present, UTair-Engineering is the only service center for Airbus helicopters approved... Read more

Airbus had H125 at HeliRussia 2021

Airbus had H125 at HeliRussia 2021

2-Jun-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus will take part in the 13th International Helicopter Industry Exhibition HeliRussia 2021, which will be held May 20-22 at Crocus Expo in Moscow. At the stand (pavilion 1, hall 3) the company will show a light single-engine helicopter H125, owned by a private customer. The H125 outperforms all other single engine helicopters in its class... Read more

Ascent Helicopters turns to Airbus H145

Ascent Helicopters turns to Airbus H145

28-May-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

“The H145 is the next step for our specialty operations, in terms of safety, and performance,” Ascent President Trent Lemke said. “We are always evolving, in terms of programs and technology. The H145 is an all-around exceptional helicopter that comes backed with exemplary support from Airbus, so we can trust that it will be ready... Read more

NHV launches Part-147 Technical Training Organization

NHV launches Part-147 Technical Training Organization

27-May-2021Source: NHV Group

NHV Group, a leading provider of B2B helicopter services, today announced it has established a brand-new maintenance training organization that will provide training and certification for aircraft technicians. NHV will offer aircraft type-related training, initially focusing on the Airbus H145 D2/D3, Airbus H175, Airbus AS365N3 and Leonardo AW139. Thanks to a collaborative partnership with the... Read more

Airbus performs first five-bladed H145 retrofit of DRF Luftrettung helicopter

Airbus performs first five-bladed H145 retrofit of DRF Luftrettung helicopter

26-May-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters, in cooperation with DRF Luftrettung, has performed the first retrofit of a four-bladed H145 into the new five-bladed version. The helicopter, an H145 of the German HEMS operator, was first delivered in 2018 and will be deployed at DRF’s base in Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany. The upgrade to the five-bladed version can be performed by... Read more

Able Aerospace renews Airbus Helicopters contract 

Able Aerospace renews Airbus Helicopters contract 

26-May-2021Source: Able Aerospace

Able Aerospace Services, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has renewed its service center agreement with Airbus Helicopters, Inc. for an additional three years. The contract designates Able as an approved Airbus Service Facility provider for dynamic component repair and overhaul services for multiple Airbus Helicopters platforms including AS350,... Read more

Japan approves Airbus H160

Japan approves Airbus H160

18-May-2021

The Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) has granted its type certification for Airbus Helicopters’ multi-role twin-engine H160, heralding a new chapter for helicopter operations in Japan. “It is an honour to receive the H160 type certification from the JCAB. This certification, following the recent completion of Japan’s H160 first flight in France, paves the way... Read more

Airbus sells more ACH130 Aston Martin Edition aircraft

Airbus sells more ACH130 Aston Martin Edition aircraft

17-May-2021

Airbus Corporate Helicopters held a pre-EBACE press conference today, to provide updates and answer questions on their products – the exclusive ACH aspect of their product lines. As part of this, ACH confirmed to HeliHub.com that they have now secured seven orders for the ACH130 Aston Martin Edition, although did not provide any further information... Read more

SPAES installs ESI-500 in Airbus Helicopter H125

SPAES installs ESI-500 in Airbus Helicopter H125

14-May-2021

The ESI-500 Standby Instrument System was installed as part of a Garmin G500 TXi installation. By installation the G500 TXi, the analog devices were able to removed from the instrument panel, which allowed the cockpit to be digitized completely. Since the G500 TXi provides all flight-relevant data, it was necessary to install a back-up system... Read more

Babcock extends East Anglian Air Ambulance contract

Babcock extends East Anglian Air Ambulance contract

13-May-2021Source: Babcock

Babcock and the life-saving charity East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) have announced a significant new seven-year contract to keep the helicopter emergency medical service flying high and saving lives into the next decade. The contract will see Babcock providing exclusive aviation support including advanced helicopters, ground support, engineering and pilots and includes the imminent introduction... Read more

Yorkshire Air Ambulance orders two five-blade H145s

Yorkshire Air Ambulance orders two five-blade H145s

13-May-2021Source: Yorkshire Air Ambulance

The two current YAA helicopters, G-YAAC and G-YOAA, which came into service in 2016, will be replaced by a more advanced and state-of-the-art version of their current model, the Airbus H145.  The decision to replace the helicopters is to ensure the people of Yorkshire receive the best operational and medical service from the life-saving Charity.... Read more

Ascent launches EMS operations in the Philippines

Ascent launches EMS operations in the Philippines

12-May-2021Source: Ascent

The Medical City, a leading healthcare provider in the Philippines, announces the launch of their partnership with Ascent, Asia’s on-demand helicopter service that enables travel in a crowd-free and controlled environment. Patients and personnel of The Medical City are now only minutes away from its healthcare network by flying in and out of its world-class... Read more

First H145 Full Flight Simulator in North America inaugurated in Texas

First H145 Full Flight Simulator in North America inaugurated in Texas

11-May-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

The Helisim Simulation Center, located inside the Airbus Helicopters Inc. facility in Grand Prairie, Texas, has inaugurated a new Thales Reality H full-motion flight simulator, the first of its kind in the region. Helisim LLC, a subsidiary of Helisim SAS, has already invested $22 million for the new simulation center. The H145 simulator will offer... Read more

Tiger marks 30 years of flying

Tiger marks 30 years of flying

5-May-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

As the Tiger celebrates the 30th anniversary of its first flight, it’s time to look at how far the programme has come since 27 April 1991. Resulting from the successful cooperation between France and Germany, with Australia and Spain joining the programme in 2001 and 2003 respectively, the aircraft has proven its value as a... Read more

15-May-21 N134AM Airbus EC135 Jacksonville, US-Florida

15-May-21 N134AM Airbus EC135 Jacksonville, US-Florida

5-May-2021

Emergency field landing after bird strike... Read more

Royal Navy extends British International contract

Royal Navy extends British International contract

30-Apr-2021Source: HeliHub.com

The UK Ministry of Defence has confirmed to HeliHub.com that the Royal Navy has extended the helicopter support contract for their Fleet Operational Sea Training (widely known by its “FOST” initials, and previously called Flag Officer Sea Training). This support programme for the Royal Navy is managed through the training establishment known as HMS Raleigh,... Read more

Airbus to test advanced autonomous features on helicopter Flightlab

Airbus to test advanced autonomous features on helicopter Flightlab

28-Apr-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus is introducing autonomous features to its helicopter Flightlab through a project code-named Vertex. These technologies aim to simplify mission preparation and management, reduce helicopter pilot workload, and further increase safety. The autonomous technology bricks set to integrate the Flightlab are: vision based sensors and algorithms for situational awareness and obstacle detection; fly-by-wire for enhanced... Read more

Airbus Racer programme reaches cruise speed

Airbus Racer programme reaches cruise speed

26-Apr-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

The Racer programme is one of Airbus Helicopters most exciting innovation projects and one that illustrates the company’s approach to innovation, which is focused on delivering value to customers and lowering helicopter emissions. Developed in the frame of the European Research Clean Sky 2 project, which involves 40 partners in 13 European countries, the high-speed... Read more

Airbus HCare support program continues to evolve

Airbus HCare support program continues to evolve

26-Apr-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters’ Support & Services business continues to expand and evolve in 2021, responding to customer expectations for solutions that improve availability, enhance safety, optimise costs, and enable them to perform their essential missions. Today, 2,400 helicopters are enrolled with comprehensive HCare global support contracts (known as Smart & Infinite), representing 20% of the Airbus... Read more

East Anglian Air Ambulance adds hangar at Cambridge

East Anglian Air Ambulance adds hangar at Cambridge

22-Apr-2021Source: East Anglian Air Ambulance

East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) has strengthened its operation at Cambridge City Airport with the construction of a new hangar for its Airbus H145 helicopter. The new helicopter hangar for the Anglia Two aircraft is next to the charity’s operational base and will mean that the aircraft no longer needs to be towed across the... Read more

20-Apr-21 (serial TBC) Airbus UH-72A New Brockton, US-Alabama

20-Apr-21 (serial TBC) Airbus UH-72A New Brockton, US-Alabama

20-Apr-2021

Training accident, further details awaited.  Two POB both to hospital... Read more

Two H125s delivered to Pasco County Mosquito Control District

Two H125s delivered to Pasco County Mosquito Control District

19-Apr-2021

Pasco County Mosquito Control District in Florida has a new weapon in its fight against mosquitoes — two new Airbus H125s. Pasco County is home to roughly 45 different species of mosquitoes, and aerial spraying is one of the most effective ways to fight mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile and Zika viruses. The H125... Read more

Zimbabwe President takes delivery of an Airbus EC225

Zimbabwe President takes delivery of an Airbus EC225

19-Apr-2021Source: HeliHub.com

Local press in the African country of Zimbabwe is reporting the arrival of an Airbus EC225 helicopter at capital city Harare’s international airport on Thursday 15th April. The helicopter was transported on board an Antonov An-124 freighter operated by Volga-Dnepr Airlines (registration RA-82077), which had arrived from Rzeszow in Poland. The departure point suggests to... Read more

Airbus A400M conducts major helicopter refuelling certification campaign

Airbus A400M conducts major helicopter refuelling certification campaign

19-Apr-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

The Airbus A400M new generation airlifter has successfully conducted a major helicopter air-to-air refuelling certification campaign, completing the majority of its development and certification objectives. Airbus Defence and Space aims to achieve full helicopter air-to-air refuelling certification later this year with the conclusion of all mandatory night operation trials. The flight tests, performed in coordination... Read more

French military orders 8 H225Ms and first VSR700 UAV

French military orders 8 H225Ms and first VSR700 UAV

16-Apr-2021Source: French Military

[Electronic translation] Intended to equip the French Army, the 8 helicopters will be delivered in 2024 and 2025 and will initiate the replacement of the SA330 Puma maneuver helicopters, whose average age is 43 years. They will thus contribute to forming a homogeneous fleet, the Army already having ten Caracal helicopters in service. This order,... Read more

VSR700 achieves a first step in flight envelope opening

VSR700 achieves a first step in flight envelope opening

16-Apr-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

A few weeks ago, the VSR700 demonstrator achieved a test flight that pushed its speed limit to 60kts (more than 110km/h), entirely opening its flight envelope at low speed. At the end of the test, the demonstrator had accumulated more than 10 flight hours. Thanks to this milestone, the VSR700 programme is getting closer to... Read more

09-Apr-21 N421PB Airbus H120 LeRoy, US-Kansas

09-Apr-21 N421PB Airbus H120 LeRoy, US-Kansas

9-Apr-2021

Heavy landing in a garden on grass.  Skids splayed out.  Press report states pilot was Tereso T Orozco, 64, of Topeka, and passenger was Kenneth David Norman, 48, of Sunnyvale, Texas.  Neither were injured... Read more

Airbus ACH145 delivered to Advanced Flight

Airbus ACH145 delivered to Advanced Flight

7-Apr-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

New Zealand VIP and charter operator Advanced Flight, launch customer for the new Airbus ACH145 with five rotor-blades, has taken delivery of its helicopter. The aircraft is the latest version of the best-selling H145 light twin-engine helicopter and provides a 150kg increase in useful load while delivering new levels of comfort and operational simplicity. Its... Read more

Airbus Helicopters appoints Head of Latin America

Airbus Helicopters appoints Head of Latin America

7-Apr-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

Alberto Robles, Head of Airbus Strategy & International for Latin America, said that the presence of Airbus in Argentina is a natural step in increasing Airbus’ activity in the region. “There are great opportunities for Airbus in Latin America, and this new office in Buenos Aires is essential to consolidate our products in the region,... Read more

Japan Coast Guard to add two more Airbus H225s

Japan Coast Guard to add two more Airbus H225s

5-Apr-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

Japan Coast Guard (JCG) will expand its fleet with two new H225 helicopters, taking its total Super Puma fleet up to 17, comprising two AS332s and 15 H225s. The largest Super Puma operator in Japan received its tenth H225 in February this year. The new helicopters will join its growing fleet to support territorial coastal... Read more

Singapore receives its first H225M helicopter

Singapore receives its first H225M helicopter

5-Apr-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) has taken delivery of its first H225M helicopter in Singapore. Airbus Helicopters signed a contract with Singapore’s Ministry of Defence for the acquisition of H225M Medium Lift Helicopters in 2016. Congratulating Singapore on the H225Ms, Airbus Helicopters CEO Bruno Even said: “Airbus is very happy to celebrate this... Read more

04-Apr-21 N145SD Airbus EC145 Sioux Falls, US-South Dakota

04-Apr-21 N145SD Airbus EC145 Sioux Falls, US-South Dakota

4-Apr-2021

During positioning flight back to base, VFR at night, the co-pilot’s door sliding window fell out.  Pilot diverted from intended route and landed at Sioux Falls Regional Airport without further incident.... Read more

31-Mar-21 I-MIAT Airbus H125 Bisaccia, Italy

31-Mar-21 I-MIAT Airbus H125 Bisaccia, Italy

31-Mar-2021

Helicopter was involved in loadlifting operations, and lost altitude suddenly , crashing into trees as seen below in the image from Vigili del Fuoco.  37 year old pilot was the only POB and was taken to hospital... Read more

Metro Aviation delivers EC145e to Tampa General Hospital

Metro Aviation delivers EC145e to Tampa General Hospital

26-Mar-2021Source: Metro Aviation

Tampa General Hospital is upgrading its fleet of critical care helicopters with the addition of a new Airbus EC145e. The new helicopter provides more cabin space and faster air speeds than their current primary aircraft. “This new medical air transport helicopter is an important part of Tampa General’s Aeromed Program and will play a key... Read more

26-Mar-21 N351SH Airbus AS350B3 Palmer, US-Alaska (5F)

26-Mar-21 N351SH Airbus AS350B3 Palmer, US-Alaska (5F)

26-Mar-2021

Helicopter crashed on Knik Glacier, killing five of the six POB.  The helicopter appears to have hit the mountain 10-15 feet below a ridgeline at an elevation of about 5,500 feet. The helicopter then rolled 800-900 feet downhill.  Alaska State Troopers identified the deceased as: 52-year-old Colorado resident Gregory Harms 56-year-old Czech Republic resident Petr... Read more

Airbus delivers seventh H145 for the German Armed Forces’ SAR service

Airbus delivers seventh H145 for the German Armed Forces’ SAR service

22-Mar-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters has handed over the seventh and last H145 for the search and rescue (SAR) service of the Bundeswehr to the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) on time. The previously delivered helicopters are used for training and field testing and are available 24/7 at the Niederstetten and Nörvenich... Read more

Airbus proposes new heat resistance solution for H135 tail drive shaft fairing

Airbus proposes new heat resistance solution for H135 tail drive shaft fairing

22-Mar-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

As part of the product improvement programme for its light twin engine H135 aircraft, Airbus Helicopters is proposing a new heat resistance solution for the tail drive shaft (TDS) fairing, while improving its reliability and reducing maintenance costs. This new TDS fairing, available on all EC135 variants, is made of material that prevents thermal deformation... Read more

Eagle Copters partnered with Airbus H125 to support Calgary Police HAWCS

Eagle Copters partnered with Airbus H125 to support Calgary Police HAWCS

22-Mar-2021Source: Eagle Copters

Within the past year, Eagle Copters Ltd. have delivered two fully customized new Airbus H125 helicopters for the Calgary Police Services Air Support Unit (CPS). Working in conjunction with CPS and Airbus, the highly configured “HAWCS” have being servicing Calgary’s public safety needs since September 2020. “On behalf of Calgary Police Service Air Support Unit... Read more

Airbus partners with Draken for UK SAR contract bid

Airbus partners with Draken for UK SAR contract bid

17-Mar-2021Source: Airbus

Airbus is teaming with Draken Europe to address the UK Maritime Coastguard Agency’s (MCA) requirement for the Second Generation Search and Rescue (UKSAR2G) service. Airbus and Draken present a UK-based partnership demonstrating an extensive track record in delivering critical Search and Rescue services around the world, an ethos of technological advancement and innovation combined with... Read more

Airbus has sums up the results of commercial activity in Russia in 2020

Airbus has sums up the results of commercial activity in Russia in 2020

16-Mar-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

In 2020, Airbus Helicopters signed contracts for the supply of helicopters with 19 customers. Orders were placed for the popular single-engine H125 and H130 helicopters, as well as the twin-engine world bestsellers H135 and H145. Among other things, the company received the first order from a Russian client for the newest ACH145 helicopter with an... Read more

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