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Romania picks Sikorsky S70i for emergency situations; Leonardo appeals

Romania picks Sikorsky S70i for emergency situations; Leonardo appeals

15-Oct-2021Source: HeliHub.com

The Romanian Government has announced the results of a helicopter tender, although like many such processes, it is already subject to an appeal from an unselected bidder. The requirement was for up to twelve medium/heavy helicopters, to be operated by Serviciul Mobil de Urgență, Reanimare și Descarcerare – fortunately known by its SMURD initials –... Read more

Airbus UH-72 Lakota fleet surpasses one million flight hours

Airbus UH-72 Lakota fleet surpasses one million flight hours

12-Oct-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

The Airbus Helicopters UH-72 Lakota fleet has exceeded the one million flight-hour mark, some 15 years after the first Lakota UH-72A entered service for the U.S. Army and following the first delivery of the newest UH-72B to the National Guard, as announced at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) trade show in Washington,... Read more

Airbus Helicopters pulls out of UK SAR2G contest

Airbus Helicopters pulls out of UK SAR2G contest

11-Oct-2021

As a submission deadline passed on Friday 8th October, Airbus Helicopters issued the following statement to HeliHub.com regarding their interest in the UK SAR 2G contest Airbus Helicopters is very disappointed to conclude that it was not in the best interests of the company to submit an offer in respect of the Maritime & Coastguard... Read more

Global Medical Response orders 21 new Airbus helicopters

Global Medical Response orders 21 new Airbus helicopters

8-Oct-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

Global Medical Response (GMR) will add a total of 21 Airbus helicopters from the H125, H130 and H135 families to its growing air medical fleet, with options to include up to an additional 23 helicopters, bringing the total order potential up to 44 helicopters. “We fly a variety of Airbus products, but the main thing... Read more

First ACH130 Aston Martin Edition delivered in North America

First ACH130 Aston Martin Edition delivered in North America

6-Oct-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

Canadian entrepreneur Charles Tremblay has become the first customer in North America to take delivery of an ACH130 Aston Martin Edition helicopter. A prominent member of the Quebec community and a licensed fixed-wing and helicopter pilot, Mr. Tremblay owns a construction company in Gatineau, QC, and will personally fly the helicopter for both personal and... Read more

Airbus enhances its support and services capability in China

Airbus enhances its support and services capability in China

29-Sep-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters is demonstrating its commitment and determination to better support its Chinese customers at the 13th China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition in the city of Zhuhai in China’s southern Guangdong Province. On the opening day of the show, Airbus Helicopters signed a Strategic Cooperation Agreement and an HCare Smart Parts By Hour (PBH)... Read more

28-Sep-21 G-PASH Airbus AS355F1 Stapleford, UK

28-Sep-21 G-PASH Airbus AS355F1 Stapleford, UK

28-Sep-2021

Aircraft was blown round “into wind” in a heavy storm when parked on grass at night.  Given that the storm was sufficient to blow another AS355 on its side, it is likely this helicopter would need to be assessed for damage too.... Read more

28-Sep-21 G-IDEB Airbus AS355F1 Stapleford, UK

28-Sep-21 G-IDEB Airbus AS355F1 Stapleford, UK

28-Sep-2021

Aircraft was blown over onto its starboard side in a heavy storm when parked on grass at night.  At least two of the three main blades broken, tail bent, starboard stabilizer broken... Read more

28-Sep-21 YU-HHH Airbus SA341 Stapleford, UK

28-Sep-21 YU-HHH Airbus SA341 Stapleford, UK

28-Sep-2021

Aircraft was damaged in a heavy storm when parked on helipad at night.  Main blades forced to high coning angle (from CCTV video) and likely damaged, plus consequential damage to rotorhead... Read more

Quark Expeditions unveils immersive Polar Helicopter Program

Quark Expeditions unveils immersive Polar Helicopter Program

27-Sep-2021Source: Quark Expeditions

Quark Expeditions, the global Leader in Polar Adventures, unveiled details today of its immersive helicopter program made possible with the acquisition of two twin-engine Airbus H145 helicopters that are designed to take travelers deeper into the Polar Regions than any other helicopter in its class. “Last year we shared the excitement of Ultramarine‘s two twin-engine... Read more

Airbus flight testing engine back-up system

Airbus flight testing engine back-up system

22-Sep-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters, in partnership with the French Civil Aviation Authority DGAC, has started flight testing an engine back-up system (EBS) onboard its Flightlab. The project opens the way to a future hybridised propulsion system for light helicopters while delivering concrete flight safety improvements in the short term. The campaign’s main target is to enhance flight... Read more

Airbus reveals new CityAirbus

Airbus reveals new CityAirbus

22-Sep-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus has announced plans for a new CityAirbus at the Company’s first #AirbusSummit on “Pioneering Sustainable Aerospace” as the emerging Urban Air Mobility (UAM) market begins to firm up. Ushering in the next generation of CityAirbus, the fully electric vehicle is equipped with fixed wings, a V-shaped tail, and eight electrically powered propellers as part... Read more

Phoenix Police Department to upgrade fleet with five new H125s

Phoenix Police Department to upgrade fleet with five new H125s

17-Sep-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

The Phoenix Police Department has signed a new order to upgrade its airborne law enforcement helicopter fleet with five new H125 helicopters. Deliveries are expected to begin next year. “We spent a lot of time analyzing which platform would best fit all of our operational needs as we began to renew our fleet, and the... Read more

15-Sep-21 N632SD Airbus AS350B2 Romeo, US-Michigan

15-Sep-21 N632SD Airbus AS350B2 Romeo, US-Michigan

15-Sep-2021

Hard landing during autorotation training (FAA). Level of damage unknown in FAA report... Read more

13-Sep-21 EC-NBT Airbus AS332L2 Sierra Bermeja, Spain

13-Sep-21 EC-NBT Airbus AS332L2 Sierra Bermeja, Spain

13-Sep-2021

Main blades struck a tree.  All 19 on board safely left the aircraft.  Helicopter involved in firefighting operations and was taking a group of firefighters to the scene of the fire.  With the helicopter incapacitated, the fire then came through the same area and the helicopter was burned out the next day 🔥 Un helicóptero... Read more

Airbus highlights space, defence and helicopters at DSEI

Airbus highlights space, defence and helicopters at DSEI

9-Sep-2021Source: Airbus

Airbus will showcase its leading range of products and services in the defence, space, secure communications and helicopter segments at the DSEI exhibition at Excel, London 14-17 September. The Airbus stand H6-122 will feature models of the A400M new generation airlifter and Skynet 6A military communications satellite, plus a large new model of the H175M... Read more

Airbus delivers first UH-72B Lakota to the US Army National Guard

Airbus delivers first UH-72B Lakota to the US Army National Guard

8-Sep-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters, Inc. has delivered the first UH-72B, the latest variant of its Lakota helicopter, to the U.S. Army National Guard from its production facility in Columbus, Mississippi. This delivery is the first of 18 UH-72B Lakota helicopters currently on order to support the National Guard’s critical missions. “With the addition of the UH-72B Lakota... Read more

07-Sep-21 N138HN Airbus EC135P2+ Martinsburg, US-Virginia

07-Sep-21 N138HN Airbus EC135P2+ Martinsburg, US-Virginia

7-Sep-2021

Background: On the morning of the incident the flight crew based at KMRB in Martinsburg, WV was preparing to transition from a spare aircraft back into their normal duty aircraft which had just recently come out of a 1000-hour maintenance interval. The pilot-in-command for the day shift elected to move the spare aircraft (N102HN) off... Read more

07-Sep-21 N102HN Airbus EC135P1 Martinsburg, US-Virginia

07-Sep-21 N102HN Airbus EC135P1 Martinsburg, US-Virginia

7-Sep-2021

Background: On the morning of the incident the flight crew based at KMRB in Martinsburg, WV was preparing to transition from a spare aircraft back into their normal duty aircraft which had just recently come out of a 1000-hour maintenance interval. The pilot-in-command for the day shift elected to move the spare aircraft (N102HN) off... Read more

Western Australia Police to order second Airbus H145

Western Australia Police to order second Airbus H145

6-Sep-2021Source: Government of Western Australia

The McGowan Labor Government has today announced funding for a second police helicopter to give WA Police access to the newest and most advanced air support available, as part of the 2021-22 State Budget. $27.5 million will be spent to purchase and operate a new police helicopter, which is in addition to the new helicopter... Read more

Onboard Systems delivers first H125 hook system for factory installation

Onboard Systems delivers first H125 hook system for factory installation

26-Aug-2021Source: Onboard Systems

Onboard Systems International, LLC, a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, announced that it has shipped the first delivery of their TALON® LC Hydraulic Cargo Hook Swing System for factory installation at the Airbus H125 final assembly line (FAL) in Marignane, France. The new swing system was developed under contract with Airbus Helicopters... Read more

New Head of Airbus Helicopters for India and South Asia appointed

New Head of Airbus Helicopters for India and South Asia appointed

19-Aug-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus has appointed Sunny Guglani as Head of Airbus Helicopters for India and South Asia. He assumed charge on 16 August 2021, and will be based in New Delhi. Guglani, 37, will be responsible for growing Airbus’ civil, parapublic and defence helicopter business in the region, including aftermarket services. Guglani has been with the company... Read more

19-Aug-21 VH-NVH Airbus Bo105 Archerfield, Australia

19-Aug-21 VH-NVH Airbus Bo105 Archerfield, Australia

19-Aug-2021

After take-off, the crew detected abnormal airframe vibration and returned the aircraft to Archerfield. The post-flight inspection revealed a crack in one of the main rotor blades.... Read more

Dutch court rejects NHV appeal against Bristow SAR contract award

Dutch court rejects NHV appeal against Bristow SAR contract award

18-Aug-2021Source: HeliHub.com

The Dutch court has rejected the appeal by NHV on the way that the new Dutch SAR contract was decided, which leaves Bristow Helicopters to start the contract with AW189s on 1st July 2022. ​SAR support in the Netherlands is currently flown by NHV using AS365N helicopters – the first time SAR had been contracted... Read more

ADAC Luftrettung takes delivery of its first two five-bladed H145s

ADAC Luftrettung takes delivery of its first two five-bladed H145s

17-Aug-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

ADAC Luftrettung, one of Europe’s biggest Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) operators, has taken delivery of its first two five-bladed H145s. Furthermore, the German HEMS operator will upgrade its current fleet of 14 four-bladed H145s to the five-bladed rotor system. “By investing in new aircraft alongside the upgrade of our existing H145 fleet, we are... Read more

Canada approves VIH port side vertical reference window for H135

Canada approves VIH port side vertical reference window for H135

12-Aug-2021Source: VIH

VIH Aerospace (VIHA) www.vihaerospace.com a leading provider of helicopter manufacturing, maintenance, repair and overhaul (MMRO) services has received Transport Canada STC Approval for their H135 Left-Hand Vertical (Bubble) Reference Window. STC 09-43 was previously approved by Transport Canada, the FAA, and EASA for the Right-Hand Configuration and now with the Left-Hand Configuration receiving Transport Canada... Read more

First Indian leasing company Vman Aviation Services orders Airbus H125

First Indian leasing company Vman Aviation Services orders Airbus H125

10-Aug-2021Source: Vman Aviation Services

Vman Aviation Services IFSC Pvt Ltd (Vman) is India’s first Aircraft leasing company, approved by IFSCA under MOCA initiative. Vman is focused on operating lease solutions to the general aviation market which currently has less than twenty percent assets on lease. Vman has placed an order for Airbus H125 Helicopter to start the first lease... Read more

Omni adds four H175s for new Petrobras contract

Omni adds four H175s for new Petrobras contract

9-Aug-2021Source: HeliHub.com

Brazilian operator Omni is expanding after winning new work from national oil company Petrobras. Omni will soon have an active fleet of five Airbus H175 helicopters, one delivered into Brazil in September 2020 for an earlier contract and four currently in transit for the new contract. The four being added consist of two leased from... Read more

Airbus delivers first five-bladed H145 in North America to STARS Air Ambulance

Airbus delivers first five-bladed H145 in North America to STARS Air Ambulance

9-Aug-2021Source: Airbus

STARS Air Ambulance, an Airbus operator for more than 35 years, is the first customer in North America to operate the new five-bladed H145 following the acceptance of their new helicopter today in Fort Erie, Ontario. This latest version of the H145 family is their sixth delivery in the company’s fleet renewal plan and the... Read more

Second Airbus H145 arrives in Chile for Ecocopter

Second Airbus H145 arrives in Chile for Ecocopter

9-Aug-2021Source: Ecocopter

[electronic translation] Three years ago, the H145 was the world’s market leader in light twin-engine helicopter sales. In Chile, there is only one aircraft of this type to date, and it belongs to Ecocopter, the first national firm to incorporate this “titan of the air” with cutting-edge technology into its “air squad”. However, the Chilean... Read more

HealthNet Aeromedical Services adds an Airbus EC145e in West Virginia

HealthNet Aeromedical Services adds an Airbus EC145e in West Virginia

9-Aug-2021Source: HealthNet Aeromedical Services

The addition of a new helicopter in Morgantown, West Virginia is yet another commitment by HealthNet Aeromedical Services and WVU Medicine to improve critical care transport for patients in the region. “The power, safety features, and advanced medical capabilities of this upgraded aircraft will undoubtedly enhance the ability of our flight teams to save lives,”... Read more

Milestone to lease two H145s to Quark Expeditions

Milestone to lease two H145s to Quark Expeditions

4-Aug-2021Source: Milestone Aviation

The Milestone Aviation Group Limited (“Milestone”) has announced that it is providing two Airbus H145 helicopters to Quark Expeditions, the leader in Polar Adventures. The aircraft will be stationed on the dual heli-decks of Quark Expedition’s brand-new Ultramarine expedition ship and will be used to provide passengers with unique adventure opportunities in the Polar Regions.... Read more

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 PT-SUS Airbus H125 Jequitai, Brazil

28-Jun-21 PT-SUS Airbus H125 Jequitai, Brazil

28-Jun-2021

The aircraft took off for a medical flight at around 12:35 UTC from Mario Ribeiro (SBMK) aerodrome, Montes Claros – MG, in order to land outside a helipad, in the municipality of Jequitaí – MG. A pilot, a technical crew member, a doctor and a nurse are on board. During the final approach, an obscuring dust cloud... 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 took H125 to HeliRussia 2021

Airbus took H125 to 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

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