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Airbus facilitates first e-delivery in Asia Pacific

Airbus facilitates first e-delivery in Asia Pacific

Indonesia’s PT. Smart Cakrawala Aviation has become the first customer in Asia Pacific to take delivery of its new H130 helicopter facilitated through a specially arranged e-acceptance process, which complies with COVID-19 health and safety regulations. The Jakarta-based commercial air service operator formally accepted the new intermediate single helicopter into its fleet at the Airbus… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 07-Jul-20

SPAES modifies AS350 external mirror mounting

SPAES modifies AS350 external mirror mounting

For a customer SPAES designed a mounting bracket for the new external mirror and carried out the approval. The customer’s Airbus AS350 helicopter is used for external cargo flights. In order to have the attached load in view even with long rope lead, the existing load mirror had to be exchanged for a larger one…. Read more »

Source: SPAES, 07-Jul-20

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Airbus H160 receives EASA approval

Airbus H160 receives EASA approval

Airbus Helicopters’ multi-role twin engine H160 has been granted its type certificate by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), marking a new chapter for the programme. The company is expecting FAA certification to follow shortly prior to first delivery to an undisclosed US customer later this year. “The successful completion of the H160 Type… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 02-Jul-20

Airbus adds 250 helicopters to HCare Smart and Infinite contracts

Airbus adds 250 helicopters to HCare Smart and Infinite contracts

From 2019 until the present, Airbus Helicopters has added more than 250 helicopters to its HCare Smart and Infinite contracts, increasing to 2,250 the number of aircraft now covered by a global HCare material management solution. This represents a coverage of 19% of Airbus Helicopters’ worldwide fleet. Global contracts such as these have become increasingly… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 26-Jun-20

A new address for AirbusWorld collaborative platform

A new address for AirbusWorld collaborative platform

Since its successful launch in February 2020, Airbus Helicopters’ new AirbusWorld collaborative customer platform is continuing to evolve based on feedback from customers.   This new platform replaced Keycopter, bringing to the market a new and modern approach such as easy-to-use and seamless navigation, new services such as a marketplace dedicated to spare parts, communities,… Read more »

Source: AirbusWorld, 25-Jun-20

Japan’s National Police Agency orders five new helicopters

Japan’s National Police Agency orders five new helicopters

Japan’s National Police Agency (NPA) has ordered one new H225 and four H135 helicopters as part of its fleet modernisation programme. Currently operating 12 H135, four H155 and six AS365 helicopters, with one H215 and two H225 already on order, NPA deploys its growing fleet for missions including law enforcement, personnel and VIP transport, goods… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 25-Jun-20

Four new Airbus H125s for Norwegian operators in one week

Four new Airbus H125s for Norwegian operators in one week

A total of four new H125 helicopters from Airbus Helicopters are being delivered to operators on Norway in a seven day period. On Friday 19th, the first of two for Helitrans arrived at their Trondheim Airport base and the second is en route today. These are registered LN-OGA and LN-OGB. Earlier this month Helitrans become the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Jun-20

Five-bladed H145 receives type certification by EASA

Five-bladed H145 receives type certification by EASA

Airbus Helicopters’ five-bladed H145 has been certified by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), clearing the way for customer deliveries towards the end of summer 2020. The certification covers the full range of capabilities, including single-pilot and instrument flight rules (IFR) and single engine operations (Cat.A/VTOL), along with night vision goggles capability. “Our new… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 22-Jun-20

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NHV extends North Sea contract with Ithaca Energy

NHV extends North Sea contract with Ithaca Energy

NHV Group, a leading provider of B2B helicopter services, today announced it has signed a five-year contract extension with Ithaca Energy (UK) Limited, providing aviation services to the Ithaca Energy Group’s operated FPF-1 installation, Alba, Captain and Erskine fields in the Scottish North Sea. The extension covers seven-day-a-week coverage and will start in January 2021…. Read more »

Source: NHV, 15-Jun-20

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Airbus helps Hungarian Air Ambulance become a digital organisation

Airbus helps Hungarian Air Ambulance become a digital organisation

Airbus Helicopters is helping Hungary’s largest civilian operator become a digital organisation capable of capturing, storing and then analysing the rich amounts of data generated from its day-to-day helicopter operations, turning them into continuous improvement actions.   At Heli-Expo 2020, Hungarian Air Ambulance became the first helicopter operator to purchase a complete end-to-end solution, from… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 04-Jun-20

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COVID-19 – Airbus Helicopters offers solutions to air ambulance operators in the fight against COVID-19

COVID-19 – Airbus Helicopters offers solutions to air ambulance operators in the fight against COVID-19

[electronic translation] The global health system is under tremendous pressure. At the forefront of the fight against the pandemic was a significant part of the ambulance operators. Airbus is committed to ensuring maximum helicopter availability for emergency departures. The manufacturer is developing special solutions for isolating the helicopter cabin from the main part of the cabin. Among them are… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 04-Jun-20

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COVID-19 – How Airbus is helping frontline operators in the fight against COVID-19

COVID-19 – How Airbus is helping frontline operators in the fight against COVID-19

A message from Airbus Helicopters’ EVP of Customer Support & Services, Christoph Zammert: Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, I’ve been humbled and impressed by how our operators have risen to the challenge of combatting the most wide-ranging health crisis to hit our planet in modern times. Whether EMS, police, search and rescue or… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 04-Jun-20

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Helitrans accepts two Airbus H125s under e-delivery process

Helitrans accepts two Airbus H125s under e-delivery process

Helitrans of Norway has become the first customer to take delivery of new Airbus helicopters using the e-Delivery process devised to enable deliveries while ensuring compliance with COVID-19 health and safety restrictions. Trondheim-based Helitrans formally accepted the latest two H125s into its fleet following a series of actions that allowed all the requirements of the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 04-Jun-20

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First Ukraine Police Airbus H145 commences flight test phase

First Ukraine Police Airbus H145 commences flight test phase

In July 2018, Airbus Helicopters announced a large order from the Ukraine, including 21 H225s, 10 H145s and 24 H125s. Prior to this official announcement, HeliHub.com reported that the H225s were in fact lease repossessions from offshore operator CHC which were being converted for the Ukraine, and included three in the search and rescue role. At… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jun-20

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Gama Aviation starts Scottish EMS operations after taking contract back from Babcock

Gama Aviation starts Scottish EMS operations after taking contract back from Babcock

HeliHub.com editor note – below is the press release from Gama Aviation regarding the commencement of operations for the Scottish Ambulance Service.  It is worth noting that Gama Aviation have held the contract since the 1990s to provide two fixed-wing and two rotary-wing aircraft.  Up to now, the rotary-wing element has been subcontracted to Babcock… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Jun-20

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Q1 production analysis – Airbus rises while every other OEM falls

Q1 production analysis – Airbus rises while every other OEM falls

GAMA, the General Aviation Manufacturers’ Association, has released it’s quarterly production report covering January to March 2020. This covers the general aviation aircraft shipments and billings for the first quarter of 2020. Piston, turboprop, business jet and rotorcraft deliveries declined across all segments during the first quarter of 2020 as compared to the first quarter… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-May-20

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UKMFTS program adds first of four additional Airbus H145s

UKMFTS program adds first of four additional Airbus H145s

Gp Capt Chris Mullen, the Station Commander and Commandant of No. 1 Flying Training School was on the flight line to welcome a brand-new Jupiter (Airbus H145) helicopter. This new addition to the fleet will shortly be taking to the skies, once final checks and transfer to the military register are completed, to deliver world-leading… Read more »

Source: Royal Air Force, 28-May-20

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COVID-19 – Airbus provides range of support help for customers

COVID-19 – Airbus provides range of support help for customers

Due to the current concern regarding the spread of the coronavirus disease (covid-19), Airbus Helicopters is actively supporting customers by proposing solutions so that they may fly in safe and sanitary conditions. For this purpose, Airbus Helicopters has published the following Information Notice (IN) and Safety Information Notice (SIN): • IN 3476-I-12 revision 1 “SERVICING… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 21-May-20

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BladeSense research advances rotor blade health monitoring

BladeSense research advances rotor blade health monitoring

Airbus Helicopters in the UK is exploring future activities to follow on from a four-year research project that has shown strong potential for advancing the state-ofthe-art in measuring deformation of helicopter rotor blades in the rotating frame. The BladeSense project, a £2 million programme supported with a £1 million grant from Innovate UK, via the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 15-May-20

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SPAES creates mounting for Hamilton T1 ventilator in Airbus H145

SPAES creates mounting for Hamilton T1 ventilator in Airbus H145

On request of a customer, SPAES carried out the development, procurement and certification of mounting brackets for the Hamilton T1 on seven Airbus H145 helicopters. After replacing the old ventilators with the Hamilton T1 in the H145 helicopters, a new mount had to be developed because the existing one was not compatible with the newly… Read more »

Source: SPAES, 14-May-20

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Thuraya Aero Reaches Line-Fit Milestone for Airbus Helicopters

Thuraya Aero Reaches Line-Fit Milestone for Airbus Helicopters

Thuraya, the Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) subsidiary of the UAE-based global satellite company, Yahsat, and SCOTTY Group, a developer of beyond-line-of-sight (BLOS) satellite communication solutions based in Austria, have announced that they have secured line-fit offerability for the Thuraya Aero mobile connectivity solution on Airbus H145 and H135 helicopters. For the first time, Airbus customers… Read more »

Source: Thuraya, 08-May-20

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Airbus partners with Nova Systems

Airbus partners with Nova Systems

Airbus Helicopters and Nova Systems have signed a charter, agreeing to identify future collaborative business opportunities, improve their capabilities through the complementary application of skills, and deliver competitive solutions to the Australian aerospace sector.This announcement builds upon Airbus’ nearly two-decade-long commitment to the Australian economy through the MRH90 Taipan and ARH Tiger programmes, which has… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 06-May-20

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Global Medical Response to Acquire Two FRASCA Helicopter FTDs

Global Medical Response to Acquire Two FRASCA Helicopter FTDs

Global Medical Response, headquartered in Greenwood Village Colorado, has placed an order for two FRASCA Level 7 Helicopter Flight Training Devices (FTDs), which will support aviation training for two of its air medical operations. Guardian Flight will begin using the Airbus H125 FTD, and Med-Trans Corporation will start using the Bell 407GX FTD for both… Read more »

Source: FRASCA, 22-Apr-20

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COVID-19 – Super Puma drafted to carry COVID-19 patients in Norway

COVID-19 – Super Puma drafted to carry COVID-19 patients in Norway

In Norway, Super Puma helicopter operator Lufttransport reacted fast to an urgent request from Norwegian Air Ambulance Services (Luftambulansetjenesten) to provide a solution to the challenge of transporting COVID-19 victims to hospital in the north of the country. Luftambulansetjenesten, like other such services, has turned to the EpiShuttle isolation and transportation system from EpiGuard of Oslo to carry patients to hospital… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 22-Apr-20

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Airbus Helicopters launches new tech request mobile app

Airbus Helicopters launches new tech request mobile app

Committed to improving customers’ digital experience, Airbus Helicopters is now introducing a new web application for its technical request service, enhancing the mobility of this service. It is accessible through the new AirbusWorld customer platform. This user-friendly web application, running under all browsers and compatible with all systems (Android and iOS) and devices (smartphone and… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 21-Apr-20

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12-Apr-20 N160CC Airbus H125 Tampa, US-Florida

Hillsborurgh County Sheriff helicopter suffered bird strike. No injury reported to 2 POB

12-Apr-20

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09-Apr-20 N9334W Airbus SA341 Fort Myers, US-Florida

Hard landing.  No injury reported to 1 POB

09-Apr-20

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COVID-19 – Airbus recommendations for cleaning and disinfection of their helicopters

COVID-19 – Airbus recommendations for cleaning and disinfection of their helicopters

Due to the current concern regarding the spread of the coronavirus disease (covid-19), recently renamed SARS-CoV-2, Airbus Helicopters would like to remind operators about recommendations and guidance related to the cleaning and disinfection of their helicopters. On 30 March 2020, Airbus Helicopters released revision 1 of its IN 3476-I-12 information notice, “SERVICING – Disinfection of… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 08-Apr-20

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Japan Coast Guard orders two more H225

Japan Coast Guard orders two more H225

Japan’s largest Super Puma operator, Japan Coast Guard (JCG), has placed a new order of two H225 helicopters. This follow-on order brings JCG’s Super Puma fleet to 15, comprising two AS332s and 13 H225s. The new helicopters will be utilised for territorial coastal activities, security enforcement, as well as disaster relief missions in Japan. “We… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 06-Apr-20

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Airbus Helicopters launches RTEX tool to monitor Service Bulletins

Airbus Helicopters launches RTEX tool to monitor Service Bulletins

Committed to improving the management of aircraft configurations, from the end of January 2020 Airbus Helicopters proposes a new free-of-charge service called RTEX to follow Service Bulletin (SB) status at the aircraft serial number level. This RTEX service, which offers customers new features to better assess fleet management and safety thanks to a quick and complete status… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 31-Mar-20

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Guardian Flight to Open Helicopter Base in Kenai, Alaska

Guardian Flight to Open Helicopter Base in Kenai, Alaska

Guardian Flight, a Global Medical Response (GMR) critical care air transport company, will open its first rotor wing base in Alaska at Kenai Municipal Airport this spring. The Airbus H125 helicopter will serve Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula’s hospitals including South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna and Providence Seward Medical Center in Seward…. Read more »

Source: Guardian Flight, 17-Mar-20

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Airbus will only sell you a five-blade H145 now

Airbus will only sell you a five-blade H145 now

Airbus Helicopters have confirmed to HeliHub.com that every sale of the H145 will now be a commitment to a five-blade helicopter.  The four-blade rotorhead is no longer an option, and a number of the existing fleet are already scheduled for update to the newer model, including those ordered by German EMS operator DRF Luftrettung. HeliHub.com understands that… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Mar-20

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Garmin® receives On-Time Delivery award from Airbus Helicopters

Garmin® receives On-Time Delivery award from Airbus Helicopters

Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), announced it received the 2019 On-Time Delivery award by Airbus Helicopters at the North American Supplier Conference in Grand Prairie, Texas. Garmin was recently recognized with this award for its efficient performance related to product delivery. Garmin avionics are currently available as standard on select… Read more »

Source: Garmin, 16-Mar-20

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Pegaso receives H145 in Mexico

Pegaso receives H145 in Mexico

[ELECTRONIC TRANSLATION] Pegaso Air Transportation (Pegaso) has become the first H145 operator in Mexico. This aircraft is the first of four that will be delivered to Pegaso to provide air transport services to the energy industry, focusing more specifically on oil and gas exploration activities in the Gulf of Mexico. Pegaso currently uses a fleet… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 10-Mar-20

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Airbus leads commercial market again in 2019

Airbus leads commercial market again in 2019

Airbus Helicopters North America maintained its position as the leading provider of helicopters in the region in 2019, completing 61 deliveries to its growing customer base for a market share of 64%. The company also took in 66 gross orders in the U.S. and Canada. Key deliveries include the first U.S. produced EC145e to Metro… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 04-Mar-20

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EC135 Reduced mandatory maintenance and flight checks

EC135 Reduced mandatory maintenance and flight checks

In the frame of its maintenance improvement programme for the light twin engine helicopters, Airbus Helicopters has developed a solution to reduce inspection times and provide more flexibility to carry out checks on the H135 (EC135 P2/P2+ and T2/T2+), while reducing maintenance costs and aircraft ground time. Through the rework of the “Ground Check Run”… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 04-Mar-20

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H135 Improved sealing of the engine fire detectors

H135 Improved sealing of the engine fire detectors

In the frame of product improvement programme for its light twin helicopters, Airbus Helicopters is proposing a new solution which is preventing false fire detection and inadvertent activation of the fire extinguishing bottles, while improving reliability and reducing the maintenance costs. This solution, available for H135/EC135 versions/types equipped with Pratt & Whitney engines, consists in the installation of… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 04-Mar-20

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Helibras delivers the first Navy H135

Helibras delivers the first Navy H135

[ELECTRONIC TRANSLATION] Helibras, Brazilian subsidiary of Airbus Helicopters, delivered to the Brazilian Navy, this past Friday (28), the first H135 model, with multi-mission configuration. The helicopter had already been presented at the event of 103 years of Naval Aviation, in August this year. The aircraft will be integrated into the 1st General Employment Helicopter Squadron (HU-1) and… Read more »

Source: Helibras, 04-Mar-20

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Gama Aviation makes a power play for UK helicopter market

Gama Aviation makes a power play for UK helicopter market

Long-established business aviation operator Gama Aviation is making its first move into the UK helicopter market with the launch of a fleet of three Airbus H145s.  Two of the three aircraft are being permanently fitted out for EMS work, and will be put to work on the Scottish Ambulance Service contract from 1st June 2020 –… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Mar-20

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Executive Vice-President Finance appointed at Airbus Helicopters

Executive Vice-President Finance appointed at Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters has appointed Thomas Hundt Executive Vice-President Finance and Member of the Executive Committee of Airbus Helicopters, effective 1 March 2020. Previously, he served as Senior Vice-President of Performance Management and Costing for Airbus Helicopters and Managing Director for Airbus Helicopters Germany. He succeeds Linda Honold, who wiII retire after more than three decades… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 27-Feb-20

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Airbus maintains global market leader position in 2019

Airbus maintains global market leader position in 2019

Airbus Helicopters logged gross orders for 369 helicopters in 2019 (310 net orders), combined with its support and services revenue, worth more than € 7 billion. The company delivered 332 rotorcraft, including the landmark 1000th Super Puma, thus maintaining its lead in the civil & parapublic market with a 54% market share in terms of… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 25-Feb-20

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Devon Air Ambulance adds two Critical Care Cars

Devon Air Ambulance adds two Critical Care Cars

From 2 March, when poor weather or maintenance prevents Devon’s emergency aircraft from flying, two new Critical Care Cars mean our critical care teams can still provide specialist life-saving care by road. In the Autumn 2018 Budget, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced £10 million in capital funding for air ambulance services.  Devon Air Ambulance… Read more »

Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 19-Feb-20

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Gama Aviation releases Flight Data Monitoring mod for Airbus H135 and H145

Gama Aviation releases Flight Data Monitoring mod for Airbus H135 and H145

Gama Aviation Plc, the global business aviation services company, is pleased to announce an augmented Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) modification available through its global design team for the Airbus H135 / 145 and additional EASA CS-27 / 29 rotorcraft (subject to survey and contract) The solution provides a ED-155 or ED-112A (H145) compliant Cockpit Audio… Read more »

Source: Gama Aviation, 19-Feb-20

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Babcock adds another EMS H145 in Italy

Babcock adds another EMS H145 in Italy

On February 1, 2020, the fourth helicopter used in the helicopter rescue in South Tyrol entered service. In addition to Pelikan 1, Pelikan 2 and Aiut Alpin Dolomites, the additional aircraft with callsign “Pelikan 3” will be based in Lasa in Val Venosta to strengthen the EMS coverin the western part of the South Tyrol… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Feb-20

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Airbus proposes a modification of the Main Rotor Actuator on AS365 Dauphin

Airbus proposes a modification of the Main Rotor Actuator on AS365 Dauphin

In the frame of its product improvement programme for the medium helicopters (Dauphin family), Airbus Helicopters proposes a modification of the Main Rotor Actuator from Goodrich in order to avoid intermittent seizing alerts, while improving its reliability. This intermittent problem has been highlighted by analytic reports showing a significant ratio of removals due to seizing alerts of the distributor,… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 18-Feb-20

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Gama Aviation provides update on Scottish Ambulance Service contract

Gama Aviation provides update on Scottish Ambulance Service contract

Gama Aviation is pleased to provide an update on its £20m order for three Airbus H145 helicopters, as reported on 24th December 2018. The Company has completed this purchase and taken title to all three helicopters. Preparations for the deployment of the helicopters from 1st June 2020 in support of a long-term contract are proceeding to plan…. Read more »

Source: Gama Aviation, 14-Feb-20

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Devon Air Ambulance reports 2019 statistics

Devon Air Ambulance reports 2019 statistics

Thanks to the support of the community, businesses and friends of Devon, in 2019 Devon’s Air Ambulances were able to assist 985 patients. Flying hours were also extended to 19 hours a day from its Exeter airbase, meaning emergency assistance was available up to 2am. The charity-funded service’s priorities have always been to put their… Read more »

Source: Devon Air Ambulance, 14-Feb-20

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County of Grande Prairie commits to help renew STARS helicopter fleet

County of Grande Prairie commits to help renew STARS helicopter fleet

STARS is one step closer to renewing its fleet of helicopters, thanks to a $500,000 gift from the County of Grande Prairie. The generous commitment, which was announced Saturday at the 10th Annual GPPA Hangar Dance in Support of STARS at the TARA Centre, has been made toward a new H145 helicopter to serve County… Read more »

Source: County of Grande Prairie, 14-Feb-20

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FAA approves Garmin GFC600H Helicopter Flight Control System in AS350

FAA approves Garmin GFC600H Helicopter Flight Control System in AS350

Our GFC 600H helicopter flight control system has achieved FAA Supplemental Type Certification in the AS350 B2/B3. This attitude-based flight control system boasts a number of helicopter-tailored safety features, including attitude hold, Garmin Helicopter Electronic Stability and Protection, dedicated return-to-level mode, hover assist, as well as overspeed and low speed protection. The GFC 600H requires the Garmin… Read more »

Source: Garmin, 12-Feb-20

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Royal Thai Air Force orders six Airbus H135 military trainers

Royal Thai Air Force orders six Airbus H135 military trainers

Airbus Helicopters has signed an order for six H135 military training helicopters from the Royal Thai Air Force, as part of its pilot training enhancement programme. The very first military training helicopters ever ordered by the Royal Thai Air Force, these new twin-engine H135s will be utilised for an array of training missions, including ab-initio flight training. They will complement… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 12-Feb-20

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Airbus Helicopters replaces Keycopter platform with AirbusWorld

Airbus Helicopters replaces Keycopter platform with AirbusWorld

Airbus Helicopters’ new collaborative platform, AirbusWorld, was officially unveiled at Heli-Expo exhibition 2020 and is online since the 10th of February. AirbusWorld replaces Keycopter, and offers a simplified and streamlined navigation between services through menus and shortcuts accessible from any page. The interface has been completely re-designed according to operators’ feedback to optimize the user experience. The platform… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 12-Feb-20

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Austrian innovation extends Airbus Helicopters product range

Austrian innovation extends Airbus Helicopters product range

At HeliTech 2017 in London, Helikopter Air Transport (HeliAir) presented a world first “Cocoon” – a self-supporting interior trim for the  aviation world. “There has also been great interest in our development at other aviation trade fairs in Europe and the United States,” reports Marco Trefanitz, Managing Director of HeliAir. “First of all, we would like to… Read more »

Source: HeliAir, 11-Feb-20

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French Navy to receive four H160s in 2022 for SAR missions

French Navy to receive four H160s in 2022 for SAR missions

The French Armament General Directorate (DGA) is to supply four H160s to the French Navy for search and rescue missions through a partnership between Airbus Helicopters, Babcock, and Safran Helicopter Engines. The French Navy will start operating these helicopters in 2022 for a period of ten years. This interim fleet of H160s will enable the… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 11-Feb-20

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Airbus provide update on H160 military program

Airbus provide update on H160 military program

Airbus Helicopters and the French Armament General Directorate (DGA) are pursuing a new set of studies to further the militarisation of the H160 and to define its associated support ecosystem in the frame of the Joint Light Helicopter program (Hélicoptère  Interarmées Léger: HIL).  This contract launches pre-development activities for the military version of the H160, also called the Guépard by the French armed forces,… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 10-Feb-20

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Polish Border Guard adds Airbus H135

Polish Border Guard adds Airbus H135

In January, Deputy Chief Commander Brigadier General Wioleta Gorzkowska presided over an event to launch the Airbus H135 as a new helicopter type for the Polish Border Guard. The 135 as a platform is well known in Poland, where a fleet of 27 are operated by the air ambulane operator LPR (Lotnicze Pogotowie Ratunkowe). This… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Feb-20

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Airbus announces 38 orders at Heli-Expo 2020

Airbus announces 38 orders at Heli-Expo 2020

Airbus Helicopters concluded Heli-Expo 2020 with 38 orders, as well as 20 retrofits for the new five-bladed H145. German air rescue and ambulance provider DRF Luftrettung placed an order for 15 H145s, making them the largest operator of the H145. Show highlights included the increased power of the H125 that will enable operators to lift… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 03-Feb-20

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Ascent Helicopters adds third H125

Ascent Helicopters adds third H125

Ascent Helicopters will expand its fleet with a new Airbus H125, announced at this year’s Heli-Expo trade show at the Anaheim Convention Center. Known as a multi-mission workhorse, the H125 will support power line and hydro utility work, as well as forestry and firefighting missions. This will mark the third H125 Ascent has acquired from… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 03-Feb-20

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Airbus boosts capabilities of its H135

Airbus boosts capabilities of its H135

Airbus Helicopters has announced a new Alternate Gross Weight (AGW) available on the latest version of the H135 family of helicopters. H135 helicopters with the new alternate gross weight benefit from a 120kg (265 lb) increased take-off weight and useful load. This increase can also be used to extend the range by up to 75… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 31-Jan-20

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Svensk Luftambulans orders three H145

Svensk Luftambulans orders three H145

Sweden’s air ambulance service – Svensk Luftambulans – has ordered three new H145 helicopters in a deal announced at the Heli Expo 2020 exhibition. The operator will also have its existing three earlier model H145s retrofitted to the same standard as the new aircraft including an innovative five-bladed rotor, increasing the useful load of the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 31-Jan-20

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Airbus adds 250 more to global support contracts

Airbus adds 250 more to global support contracts

Airbus Helicopters added 250 helicopters to HCare Smart and Infinite contracts in 2019, increasing to 2,250 the number of aircraft now covered by a global HCare material management contract. This means 19% of Airbus Helicopters’ worldwide fleet is now covered by HCare. New aircraft added at Heli-Expo 2020, all with HCare Smart, were from Papillon (21 H130s)… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 31-Jan-20

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Hungarian Air Ambulance becomes first helicopter operator to fully digitalise its support operation with Airbus

Hungarian Air Ambulance becomes first helicopter operator to fully digitalise its support operation with Airbus

Airbus Helicopters is helping Hungary’s largest civilian operator become a digital organisation capable of capturing, storing and then analysing the rich amounts of data generated from its day-to-day helicopter operations. The operator, Hungarian Air Ambulance Nonprofit Ltd, has signed a three-year contract to deploy Airbus Helicopters’ Connected Services for its new fleet of nine second-hand… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 30-Jan-20

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More than 1,000 rotorcraft now sharing data with Airbus

More than 1,000 rotorcraft now sharing data with Airbus

In just over one year, Airbus Helicopters has nearly doubled the number of helicopters now sharing flight and maintenance data with the company. This progress advances Airbus’ creation of a connected helicopters ecosystem in which data from disparate sources is shared and analysed, helping operators make sense of their data for business value. “Collection of… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 30-Jan-20

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Airbus launches new collaborative customer portal and online Marketplace

Airbus launches new collaborative customer portal and online Marketplace

Airbus Helicopters has unveiled a number of improvements to its digital services ecosystem based on feedback from customers, including the new collaborative AirbusWorld customer portal and an online Marketplace making e-commerce practices from the consumer world available to Airbus customers. The new collaborative portal, which replaces Keycopter, offers a simplified and streamlined navigation and user… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 29-Jan-20

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Shell Aircraft to be first H160 offshore operator

Shell Aircraft to be first H160 offshore operator

Airbus Helicopters and Shell Aircraft have been working closely in order to put the H160 into service for offshore transportation. “Shell seeks opportunity for early introduction to service of the H160. Having worked closely with Airbus over the last year to understand the design and manufacturing philosophy behind the H160, Shell Aircraft believes this innovative… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 29-Jan-20

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Maverick announces CRFS retrofit for its entire EC130B4 fleet

Maverick announces CRFS retrofit for its entire EC130B4 fleet

Maverick Helicopters and Airbus Helicopters have announced they will partner to retrofit the tourism operator’s entire fleet of 34 EC130 B4 helicopters with the Airbus Helicopters Crash Resistant Fuel System (CRFS), which has just received EASA certification with FAA to follow shortly. Maverick Helicopters, one of the largest aviation-based tourism companies in the world, carries… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 29-Jan-20

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Airbus to deliver 16 H125s to Customs and Border Protection

Airbus to deliver 16 H125s to Customs and Border Protection

 U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Air and Marine Operations (AMO) will enhance its patrol and surveillance capabilities with the addition of 16 new Airbus H125 helicopters.   The new aircraft will enable AMO to achieve its mission of protecting the nation’s borders, helping combat drug smuggling, and performing life-saving search and rescue missions. Over… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 29-Jan-20

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Maxcraft Avionics receives STC for Garmin GTN750H Navigator in AS365

Maxcraft Avionics receives STC for Garmin GTN750H Navigator in AS365

Maxcraft Avionics Ltd, one of the largest avionics shops in Canada, has achieved the first FAA STC authorizing the Garmin GTN725H or GTN750H Navigator to be installed in a series of Airbus Helicopter Dauphin models including SA-365N, SA-365N1, AS-365N2 and AS-365N3. The system is fully approved to conduct LPV and LNAV/VNAV coupled approaches. This new… Read more »

Source: Maxcraft Avionics, 29-Jan-20

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DRF Luftrettung expands its H145 and H135 fleet

DRF Luftrettung expands its H145 and H135 fleet

Airbus Helicopters and DRF Luftrettung have signed a contract for the purchase of 15 new H145s, three H135s and the retrofit of their current 20 H145s to the five-bladed version. This will bring the H145 fleet of the German Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) to 35 helicopters, making them the biggest operator of the five-bladed H145 in… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 28-Jan-20

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NASA orders three Airbus H135s

NASA orders three Airbus H135s

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has placed an order for three H135 helicopters, marking the first-ever partnership between the U.S. space program and Airbus Helicopters. The order was announced today at the Airbus booth at the Heli Expo Trade show in Anaheim, California. The H135s will be operated out of the Kennedy Space… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 28-Jan-20

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Airbus adds more power and enhanced aerial work capabilities for the H125

Airbus adds more power and enhanced aerial work capabilities for the H125

Airbus Helicopters has announced a major performance increase on the H125 by making full use of the available power of Safran Helicopter Engines’ Arriel 2D. The aircraft’s external and internal load lifting capabilities will increase by up to +140 kg, with a large part of it already available at low altitude and low external temperatures,… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 28-Jan-20

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Air Zermatt picks VR technology H125 training solution

Air Zermatt picks VR technology H125 training solution

Air Zermatt has selected VRM Switzerland as its supplier for an innovative training solution based on virtual reality (VR) technology. The simulator’s visual system provides 3D vision with unprecedented resolution. “This will allow our discerning pilots to effectively train for difficult scenarios on mountain landing sites, with bright sunshine and under various snow conditions such… Read more »

Source: Air Zermatt, 28-Jan-20

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Heli-One develops new H225 mods

Heli-One, a leading provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, has developed several new H225 modifications for HEMS purpose. The modifications are a modular medical equipment wall and stretcher installation. These modifications support HEMS teams with improved flexibility and efficiency while maintaining patient and crew safety. Updated Medical Wall This is the third… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 28-Jan-20

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FlightSafety to add new Level D sims for Airbus EC145 and Leonardo AW139

FlightSafety to add new Level D sims for Airbus EC145 and Leonardo AW139

FlightSafety International announces the expansion of its helicopter training programs and services with new Level D qualified simulators for the Airbus Helicopters EC145 and Leonardo AW139. “This significant expansion of the training programs and services we offer to helicopter operators reflects FlightSafety’s commitment to provide a broad range of conveniently located programs that our Customers… Read more »

Source: FlightSafety, 28-Jan-20

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StandardAero and Robertson Announce First Canadian Customer for AS350/EC130 Crash-Resistant Fuel Tank

StandardAero and Robertson Announce First Canadian Customer for AS350/EC130 Crash-Resistant Fuel Tank

StandardAero and Robertson Fuel Systems announced today the delivery of two crash-resistant fuel tanks (CRFTs) to the first operator in Canada to adopt this potentially lifesaving equipment.  The CRFTs will be installed on one AS350 BA helicopter and one AS350 B2 helicopter owned and operated by Ontario-based Zimmer Air Services Inc., both of which have… Read more »

Source: StandardAero and Robertson, 28-Jan-20

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Astronautics Readies Its Airborne Communication System for Various Airbus Platforms

Astronautics Readies Its Airborne Communication System for Various Airbus Platforms

Astronautics Corporation of America is readying its wireless Airborne Communication System (wACS) for entry into service on various Airbus Helicopters’ aircraft platforms, beginning with the H145. This past summer, Astronautics supported test flights to achieve European Aviation Safety Agency type certification on the aircraft.  The company has also delivered final wACS software updates for production… Read more »

Source: Astronautics Corporation, 27-Jan-20

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