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Australia to replace Tiger with AH-64E

Australia to replace Tiger with AH-64E

The Australian Army’s armed reconnaissance capability will be strengthened following the selection of Boeing Apache Guardian to replace Army’s Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) from 2025. Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said the AH-64E Apache Guardian is equipped with improved sensors, communications suites, attack capabilities and improved survivability. “This new ARH capability… Read more »

Source: Australian Gov, 15-Jan-21

First flight for Airbus H160 for All Nippon Helicopter

First flight for Airbus H160 for All Nippon Helicopter

All Nippon Helicopter’s (ANH) H160 has performed its first flight test, a 95-minute flight at the Marseille Provence Airport. This successful maiden flight paves the way for the aircraft’s entry into service in Japan. ANH deploys a helicopter fleet comprising six AS365s and five H135s for electronic news gathering for the TV stations across Japan. This H160… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 14-Jan-21

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DRF Luftrettung to deploy first five-bladed helicopter

DRF Luftrettung to deploy first five-bladed helicopter

It is a milestone in the history of air rescue in German-speaking countries and also EU-wide: DRF Luftrettung is expanding its fleet with Airbus H145 helicopters which have five main rotor blades. Today, the technicians at DRF Luftrettung start equipping the first of five of these helicopters to be delivered this year, for deployment at… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 05-Jan-21

02-Jan-21 ZS-OXK Airbus AS350B3 Cape Town, South Africa

Damaged after losing control during take off from Cape Town International Airport.  Helicopter ended up on its starboard side on the apron outside a hangar.  The pilot was flying alone and only suffered minor injuries and received medical attention.

02-Jan-21

23-Dec-20 RA-07328 Airbus H125 Novopodkletnoe, Russia

Accident on training flight.  Two POB both injured and airlifted out.  Helicopter ended up on its port side EMERCOM photo

23-Dec-20

Héli-Union to purchase two Airbus H160

Héli-Union to purchase two Airbus H160

Airbus Helicopters and its historical partner Héli-Union have signed a contract for the purchase of two multi-mission H160s to address a wide range of operations. “We are excited to be one of the first customers to onboard the H160 which will expand our fleet of 40 helicopters. We believe this program will have a great… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 22-Dec-20

19-Dec-20 N574AM Airbus AS350B3 Driggs, US-Idaho

Starboard transmission cowling flipped up into the main rotor shortly after departure

19-Dec-20

15-Dec-20 ZK-HEK Airbus H120 Kekerengu, New Zealand (2F)

Helicopter crashed on rocky beach.  Eyewitness reported seeing the helicopter spiralling out of control and plummeting to the ground Two fatalities named as owner/pilot Andrew Hamish Davidson, 60, and wife Lin Chen, 39.  Three injured passengers including their two children and another child.  The children – two boys and a girl – were all aged under 14 TAIC photo

15-Dec-20

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S.A.F.E. is Providing Maintenance Stands to Airbus Helicopters

S.A.F.E. is Providing Maintenance Stands to Airbus Helicopters

S.A.F.E. Structure Designs is pleased to announce the order for custom maintenance stands for the Airbus Helicopters Maintenance Training center in Texas.  The SAFETY FIRST ergonomic stands allow technicians SAFE access to all areas of the aircraft.  The stands are equipped with the latest features including anti-fatigue mat and tool trays to increase comfort and… Read more »

Source: S.A.F.E. Structure Designs, 11-Dec-20

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NHV awarded H145 contract by German Air Force

NHV awarded H145 contract by German Air Force

The German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) have awarded NHV a contract for the provision and maintenance of three H145 aircraft in support of their Special Forces’ training program at Laupheim (HSG64). The one-year contract is foreseen to start in January 2021. In partnership with Milestone Aviation, NHV will provide two Airbus Helicopters H145D3 and one H145D2… Read more »

Source: NHV, 10-Dec-20

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Airbus opens up on details of H160 simulator

Airbus opens up on details of H160 simulator

When H160 test pilot Olivier Gensse stepped out of the full flight simulator (FFS) after the final practice run and said: “That felt just like the H160,” it was music to the ears of the simulator project team. of hard work had paid off, paving the way for the simulator’s qualification by the European EASA airworthiness authority in August… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 10-Dec-20

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Bundeswehr orders 31 NH90 for shipborne operations

Bundeswehr orders 31 NH90 for shipborne operations

The German Bundeswehr has ordered 31 NH90 helicopters, to be known as Sea Tiger, for the German Navy’s shipborne operations. Nathalie Tarnaud-Laude, President of NH90 Helicopter Industries (NHI) and Giorgio Gomma, General Manager of the NATO Helicopter Management Agency (NAHEMA), on behalf of the Federal Office for Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support of the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 08-Dec-20

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08-Dec-20 F-HJAF Airbus EC135T1 Bonvillard, France (5F)

Helicopter was carrying an air rescue crew on a training mission when it fell from an altitude of (5,900ft). The surviving pilot raised the alarm at around 19:10 local time (18:10 GMT) after managing to escape from the helicopter. The crew onboard consisted of two pilots – one in training – along with two winch operators and… Read more »

08-Dec-20

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Denmark sets 2050 as the end of oil production

Denmark sets 2050 as the end of oil production

The Danish parliament made two far-reaching decisions late last week. Firstly, to abandon the planned round of tenders for oil exploration, and secondly to stop all production from the Danish sector of the North Sea by 2050. The announcement included plans for a local initiative to support longer term development and employment in Esbjerg and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Dec-20

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True Blue Power announce VFS receive TCCA approval

True Blue Power announce VFS receive TCCA approval

True Blue Power announced Vertical Flight Solutions (VFS) by EuroTec has received Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) approval for the installation of the ultralightweight True Blue Power TB17 lithium-ion main ship battery on Airbus H125/AS350 Series helicopters. The battery integration requires no structural work and includes an NVIS-compatible cockpit annunciator. Additional approvals, including Federal Aviation… Read more »

Source: True Blue Power, 07-Dec-20

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05-Dec-20 N625CF Airbus AS365N3 Dayton, US-Ohio

At approximately 140 KIAS, the right rear passenger door came open. The PIC had also heard and felt a change in the aircraft. PIC immediately slowed down the aircraft and the flight nurse in the back of the aircraft while still seat-belted was able to close the door. Upon safe landing and exiting of the… Read more »

05-Dec-20

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04-Dec-20 JA504D Airbus AS350 Higashi Matsuyama, Japan

Take off from a temporary helipad in Higashi Matsuyama, Miyagi Prefecture at 10:50 (JST). The flight was for carrying trees with a sling (total weight of about 380 kg), and at an altitude of about 90 m near Miyato Kokegaura in Higashi Matsuyama, one of the trees (about 30 kg) fall in a paddy field.  No… Read more »

04-Dec-20

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Air Methods donates AS350B2 to Mercy Air Africa

Air Methods donates AS350B2 to Mercy Air Africa

Air Methods, a leading air medical service in the U.S., announced today that it has donated an Airbus AS350B2 helicopter to southern Africa-based humanitarian relief organization, Mercy Air Africa. The nonprofit was founded in 1991 to provide private flight support for nongovernmental organizations serving in the southern region of Africa. Matthias Reuter, Director of Mercy… Read more »

Source: Air Methods, 03-Dec-20

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Edmonton Police take delivery of new Airbus H125

Edmonton Police take delivery of new Airbus H125

The new Airbus H125 helicopter is the same make and model as AIR-1, the EPS’s other helicopter, and will replace an EC120 model that is no longer being manufactured. A fleet consisting of the same aircraft type allows for efficiencies in training and maintenance, as the aircrew do not need to be trained on two… Read more »

Source: Eagle Copters, 02-Dec-20

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02-Dec-20 OF-??? Airbus AS350 Mombo, Botswana

Crashed on take-off during an anti-poaching operation.  Army spokesperson advised that all five Botswana Defence Force members aboard the helicopter survived the accident and are currently receiving medical attention

02-Dec-20

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FAA approves five-blade Airbus H145

FAA approves five-blade Airbus H145

The new five-bladed H145 helicopter has received its certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This type certification covers the full range of capabilities, including single-pilot instrument flight rules (IFR) and single engine operations (Cat.A/VTOL), along with night vision goggle capability. This newest version of the H145 family received EASA certification this past summer… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 01-Dec-20

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Thales and StandardAero mark first flight of 4-axis autopilot for Airbus AS350 and H125

Thales and StandardAero mark first flight of 4-axis autopilot for Airbus AS350 and H125

Thales and StandardAero have announced the successful first flight test of a revolutionary compact autopilot system that will bring Airbus AS350 and H125 helicopters into a new era of performance and safety.  The achievement of this key milestone lays the groundwork for this important phase of the Supplemental Type Certification (STC) process and the launch… Read more »

Source: StandardAero, 01-Dec-20

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29-Nov-20 9N-AJJ Airbus AS350B2 Nuwakot, Nepal

Bird strike took out the port windshield and damaged area between nose and base of windshield.  Safe landing, but some of 6POB were injured

29-Nov-20

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CNC deploys new mission suite for Texas DPS Airbus H125

CNC deploys new mission suite for Texas DPS Airbus H125

CNC Technologies announced it has deployed a new, state-of-the-art airborne mission suite for the Texas Department of Public Safety’s recently acquired Airbus H125 helicopter. Working with aviation and completion services firm Metro Aviation on the assignment, CNC led development and design of the new system and will provide ongoing training and 24/7 support. The new… Read more »

Source: CNC Technologies, 26-Nov-20

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Philippine National Police receive more Airbus H125s

Philippine National Police receive more Airbus H125s

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has recently added a further three new Airbus H125 helicopters to their fleet, taking the total number of aviation assets to 10. This brings the total to seven H125s, alongside two Robinson R44s and one small fixed wing trainer. The three are currently undergoing test flights prior to being put… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Nov-20

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PNG LNG adds H145 for Papua New Guinea operations

PNG LNG adds H145 for Papua New Guinea operations

ExxonMobil has signed a contract for two Airbus H145 helicopters to support the PNG LNG Project* in Papua New Guinea (PNG). The new H145 model with a five-blade, bearingless main rotor provides a 150kg increase in useful load. The aircraft will be based at the Hides Gas Conditioning Plant (HGCP) in Hela Province of the PNG Highlands,… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 24-Nov-20

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Genesys Aerosystems’ EFIS Now Certified on Airbus AS350/355

Genesys Aerosystems’ EFIS Now Certified on Airbus AS350/355

Genesys Aerosystems announced that the IDU-680 and IDU-450 EFIS displays with 8.0K software have earned Supplemental Type Certification on the Airbus AS350/355 helicopters. The Level A certified IDU-680 and IDU-450 EFIS utilize ADAHRS, and GPS SBAS data for precision aircraft operations, including RNP and LPV approaches. The large-format, 10.4 in or 26.4 cm screen diagonal,… Read more »

Source: Genesys Aerosystems, 20-Nov-20

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Cobham to be Line Fit on the Airbus H160

Cobham to be Line Fit on the Airbus H160

Cobham Aerospace Connectivity has announced that Airbus Helicopters has selected four Cobham systems on the H160 Medium-Utility Helicopter: Digital Audio Communications System (DACS) for audio management and intercom functions. DACS is forward-fit on more civilian helicopters than any other digital audio system in the world. 251 Amplifier for cabin paging/public address.  The 251 Amplifier delivers… Read more »

Source: Cobham Aerospace Connectivity, 20-Nov-20

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20-Nov-20 LV-FQN Airbus AS350B3 Coronel Moldes, Argentina (2F)

Crashed after hitting zip wire.  Both occupants received fatal injuries. One was named as entrepreneur Jorge Brito

20-Nov-20

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Airbus now offers onsite blade repairs for H135, H145 and Bo105

Airbus now offers onsite blade repairs for H135, H145 and Bo105

This new service, accessible through the AirbusWorld Customer Request service, covers MRB level 1 and level 2 repairs on these three aircraft models and their variants. It will be performed at customer premises by the Airbus Helicopters field service team with the appropriate tools. In addition, the offer includes the repair’s release to service. Customers… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 19-Nov-20

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Airbus HCare program marks 35 years

Airbus HCare program marks 35 years

Thirty-five years ago, helicopter operators faced a dilemma: how to achieve the highest possible helicopter availability levels in competitive industries, while keeping costs under control. The answer was found in a relatively new approach to spare parts management called parts-by-the-hour (PBH). Over the years, this early solution for guaranteeing parts availability has evolved into today’s… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 19-Nov-20

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16-Nov-20 LN-OAX Airbus AS350B3 Lysefjorden, Norway

The aircraft was performing external load flights with delivering of concrete to a powerline fundament. During delivery of concrete to powerline mast number 49, the pilot experienced severe vertically vibrations. The pilot took immediate action, released the external load and was capable to manoeuvre the helicopter away from the construction area. During this operation the… Read more »

16-Nov-20

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15-Nov-20 N442ME Airbus EC135 Williamsport, US-Pennsylvania

Bird strike left six inch hole in chin bubble window FAA just reported this as “Stat 13” which is a callsign and not a registration, but our research identified it as N442ME

15-Nov-20

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14-Nov-20 N712CA Airbus AS355F2 Hammonton, US-New Jersey

While attempting to decouple from dolly, rudder pedal became stuck and helicopter briefly became airborne.  The tail rotor separated from the aircraft, resulting in a hard landing

14-Nov-20

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Airbus delivers 1,400th H135 to HEMS operator Mont Blanc

Airbus delivers 1,400th H135 to HEMS operator Mont Blanc

In late September, the light twin-engine helicopter reached a major milestone: the company’s 1,400th H135 was delivered to the French operator Mont Blanc, adding to a fleet of more than 20 H135 and H145 helicopters in service with the operator to provide Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) in France. The milestone capped off an over-20-year… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 09-Nov-20

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08-Nov-20 TG-GEA Airbus AS350B3 Alta Verapaz, Guatemala

Tail rotor and stabiliser damaged by hitting a tree during an emergency landing

08-Nov-20

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CHC starts 15 week Petrogas contract

CHC starts 15 week Petrogas contract

Offshore operator CHC yesterday positioned an Airbus H175 from Aberdeen to Den Helder in the Netherlands. This is for a contract with Petrogas Exploration & Production Netherlands for crew transport to/from Maersk Resilient for their drilling activities in the A / B block. The project is expected to last approximately 15 weeks. Jeremy Parkin –… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Nov-20

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DRF updates “Christop 51” in Stuttgart to Airbus H145

DRF updates “Christop 51” in Stuttgart to Airbus H145

The most modern helicopter currently in use in civil air rescue is now also flying in Stuttgart: an H145 started yesterday as the new “Christoph 51″. A glass cockpit with large screens, a powerful autopilot and a new interior concept in the cabin make work easier for the crew and contribute to even better patient… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 06-Nov-20

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Transport Canada approves Genesys IFR avionics on Airbus EC145e

Transport Canada approves Genesys IFR avionics on Airbus EC145e

Genesys Aerosystems and Metro Aviation announce that the companies have earned Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) certification for the Genesys IFR avionics suite on the Airbus EC145e. The FAA previously certified the avionics suite in 2019. The Genesys avionics suite certified on the EC145e includes four IDU-450 displays in a dual-sided PFD/MFD format with dual… Read more »

Source: Genesys Aerosystems, 06-Nov-20

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Simaero acquires AS332M1 Full Flight Simulator

Simaero acquires AS332M1 Full Flight Simulator

SIMAERO, a global and independent provider of pilot training services, is proud to announce the acquisition of the Airbus Helicopter – Super Puma AS332 M 1 Full Flight Simulator which will complete the existing fleet in SIMAERO Johannesburg Training Centre. The simulator, manufactured by Thomson CSF, was initially set up in Switzerland and moved to… Read more »

Source: SIMAERO, 30-Oct-20

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Quebec acquires pre-owned Airbus H145 for law enforcement

Quebec acquires pre-owned Airbus H145 for law enforcement

Sûreté du Québec, regularly abbreviated as SQ, is the provincial police service for the Canadian province of Quebec. The force has a history of operating Bell helicopters for many years, partly as a way of demonstrating support for the factory at Mirabel.  But not now. SQ have surprised many observers by not just moving away… Read more »

29-Oct-20

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The Ecuadorian Air Force takes delivery of their first two H145s

The Ecuadorian Air Force takes delivery of their first two H145s

Airbus Helicopters has delivered two H145s to the Ecuadorian Air Force, the first military customer in South America for this multi-purpose twin-engine helicopter. A total of six H145s will be delivered over the next year. The H145 helicopters, known as “Cobra” in the Ecuadorian Air Force, will be assigned to the 22nd Combat Wing in… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 29-Oct-20

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26-Oct-20 N530H Airbus AS350B3 Arenas Valley, NM

The helicopter sustained substantial damage and the sole occupant pilot was seriously injured.

26-Oct-20

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Mountain Area Medical Airlift adds EC145e to fleet

Mountain Area Medical Airlift adds EC145e to fleet

Mission Health’s Mountain Area Medical Airlift (MAMA) recently visited Metro Aviation to take delivery of their new Airbus EC145e, the lightweight twin-engine helicopter that has become increasingly sought after throughout the air medical industry. MAMA operates 24 hours per day, providing air medical services to western North Carolina, eastern Tennessee,  northeast Georgia, and northern South… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 23-Oct-20

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New-generation Euroflir410 selected for NH90 TFRA & Special forces

New-generation Euroflir410 selected for NH90 TFRA & Special forces

Safran Electronics & Defense has won a contract from Airbus Helicopters to supply new-generation Euroflir™410 observation systems for ten NH90-TTH Caiman helicopters deployed by French Special Forces. These new Standard 2 helicopters will allow French forces to handle the full range of utility missions. The new-generation Euroflir™410 is capable of detecting and identifying threats at… Read more »

Source: Safran Electronics & Defense, 21-Oct-20

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Air Methods chooses Airbus HCare to support its fleet of 31 EC145 helicopters

Air Methods chooses Airbus HCare to support its fleet of 31 EC145 helicopters

Air Methods Corporation – the largest civil operator of Airbus helicopters worldwide with more than 450 aircraft in operation – has signed a $24 million, five-year HCare Smart support contract with Airbus Helicopters, Inc. to cover its fleet of 31 EC145 helicopters. “This is the first of what we hope to be multiple HCare contracts,… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 19-Oct-20

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Philippine Coast Guard takes delivery of second H145

Philippine Coast Guard takes delivery of second H145

Philippine Coast Guard welcomed its second H145 helicopter, just four months after the official commissioning of its first H145. With their two light-twin helicopters, the parapublic agency becomes the first coast guard organisation in the world to operate the multi-purpose H145. The new 4-tonne-class twin-engine helicopter is specially equipped with weather radar, bambi bucket, emergency… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 15-Oct-20

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Astronics Enhanced Vision Systems Receives Approval for AS350s

Astronics Enhanced Vision Systems Receives Approval for AS350s

Astronics Corporation (Nasdaq: ATRO), a leading provider of advanced technologies for the global aerospace, defense and other mission critical industries, announced today that the Unites States and Canada approved Astronics’ Max-Viz 1400 and 1200 Enhanced Vision Systems (EVS) for Airbus Helicopter’s AS350 Écureuil. In cooperation with AVIO dg in Calgary, Canada, Astronics obtained the Supplemental… Read more »

Source: Astronics, 15-Oct-20

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SPAES receives approval as a Part 21G Production Organisation

SPAES receives approval as a Part 21G Production Organisation

SPAES receives the approval for the Part 21G Production Organisation to manufacture and produce components according to aviation standards (Form 1). Due to the increasing demand of customers for the procurement and production of components according to aviation standards, SPAES decided to establish an EASA Part 21G production organisation. For certification of the Part 21G… Read more »

Source: SPAES, 12-Oct-20

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Two new customers for Airbus ACH130 Aston Martin Edition

Two new customers for Airbus ACH130 Aston Martin Edition

Airbus are reporting new customers in North America and Asia Pacific over the coming months for the ACH130 Aston Martin Edition. Launched in January, this model is a stylish special version of the ACH130 featuring a range of interior and exterior designs created by Aston Martin to delight helicopter owners who appreciate the thrill of piloting… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 08-Oct-20

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Air Safa sets Airbus H125 as basis of new Indian aircraft leasing business

Air Safa sets Airbus H125 as basis of new Indian aircraft leasing business

Air Safa Pte. Ltd., a Singapore based aircraft leasing company, has signed a purchase agreement with Airbus Helicopters for one H125 helicopter with the option to add another one in the future. The H125 will be placed on a dry lease to Indian operators for multirole missions, including passenger transportation and aerial work. “We have… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 08-Oct-20

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HCare Infinite support contract for NASA’s H135 fleet

HCare Infinite support contract for NASA’s H135 fleet

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) recently signed a $15 million HCare Infinite full-availability support solution with Airbus Helicopters, Inc. From September 2020, the comprehensive contract, initially covering two years with the option to extend up to 10, provides the entire spectrum of support needs for NASA’s fleet of three H135 helicopters. Airbus will… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 06-Oct-20

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Milestone becomes first leasing customer for Airbus H160

Milestone becomes first leasing customer for Airbus H160

Milestone Aviation and Airbus Helicopters have agreed to include six H160s in Milestone’s orderbook. The helicopters will be destined for a range of missions including offshore transportation and emergency medical services, the first of which is set to deliver in 2023. “Today’s announcement will see us enhance our orderbook to include the H160 which we… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 05-Oct-20

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Two Airbus H135 helicopters delivered to NASA

Two Airbus H135 helicopters delivered to NASA

Airbus continues to expand its portfolio of products supporting the future of space exploration with the delivery of two new H135 helicopters to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) from the Airbus Helicopters, Inc. production and completion facility in Columbus, Mississippi. These aircraft, along with a third scheduled for delivery early next year, will… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 02-Oct-20

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Norwegian Air Ambulance Foundation receives first ever five-bladed Airbus H145

Norwegian Air Ambulance Foundation receives first ever five-bladed Airbus H145

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first five-bladed H145 to the Norwegian Air Ambulance Foundation. This new version of its best-selling H145 light twin-engine helicopter brings a new, innovative five-bladed rotor to the multi-mission helicopter, increasing the useful load by 150 kg while delivering new levels of comfort, simplicity, and connectivity. It received certification from the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 02-Oct-20

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29-Sep-20 VH-WPX Airbus AS365N3 Perth, Australia

A rescue crewman was lowered onto the deck of a vessel as part of winch training exercise, off the coast of Perth, Western Australia. During the exercise, the rescue crewman was pulled overboard from the vessel, into and through the water. The rescue crewman was not injured.

29-Sep-20

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Airbus H175 to bolster Omni’s oil and gas operations in Brazil

Airbus H175 to bolster Omni’s oil and gas operations in Brazil

Omni Taxi Aereo, Brazil’s leading oil and gas transport company and part of OMNI Helicopters International group (OHI), becomes the first operator to introduce the H175 in Brazil. The aircraft has arrived in Brazil, where it will perform cargo load and passenger transport missions for the country’s key oil and gas industry. “The H175 offers… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 28-Sep-20

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First ACH145 helicopter delivered to Russia

First ACH145 helicopter delivered to Russia

Airbus Helicopters delivered the first ACH145 helicopter to a Russian customer, which was an important achievement in Russia and once again confirmed the company’s leading position in the business and private aviation segment in Russia, where the manufacturer’s share exceeds 50%. The helicopter will be used for private flights and VIP transportation. The ACH145 with… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 24-Sep-20

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Airbus Helicopters and HTM-Helicopters sign contract

Airbus Helicopters and HTM-Helicopters sign contract

Airbus Helicopters and HTM-Helicopters have signed a contract for the purchase of two additional H145 helicopters. HTM will be the first operator to use the new five-bladed H145 in the Offshore Wind segment. “We thank HTM for their continued trust in Airbus Helicopters and our products”, says Thomas Hein, Head of Sales Western Europe at… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 23-Sep-20

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23-Sep-20 G-???? Airbus H175 Aberdeen, UK

Failure of recently-overhauled main gear box during ground run. Significant damage to the main gear box No information provided on registration or operator.

23-Sep-20

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Thales H160 Level D sim approved

Thales H160 Level D sim approved

Thales’s Reality H® flight simulator for the new Airbus Helicopters H160 has achieved a key milestone with Level D Full Flight Simulator (FFS) certification by the French civil aviation authority (DGAC). Reality H® ensures that pilots benefit from high-level training with the most comprehensive and versatile simulation equipment on the market. This first Reality H®… Read more »

Source: Thales, 22-Sep-20

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Airbus to keep NASA’s helicopters flying for up to 10 years

Airbus to keep NASA’s helicopters flying for up to 10 years

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has signed a $15million HCare Infinite full-availability support solution with Airbus Helicopters, Inc. The comprehensive contract, initially covering two years with the option to extend up to 10, provides the entire spectrum of support needs for NASA’s fleet of three H135 helicopters, which will begin deliveries later this… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 18-Sep-20

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Nakanihon Air reinforces utility capabilities with new H215 order

Nakanihon Air reinforces utility capabilities with new H215 order

Nakanihon Air, one of Japan’s largest helicopter operators, has ordered one H215 heavy helicopter to shore up its capabilities for utility and aerial work. “We are looking forward to receiving Airbus’ mission-proven H215 to support our wide-ranging activities in Japan,” said Taku Shibata, President of Nakanihon Air. “We believe the H215 offers the enhanced precision… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 14-Sep-20

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13-Sep-20 PP-MRA Airbus AS350 Arapiraca, Brazil

The aircraft took off to carry out a local flight, with the purpose of conducting police patrol, with two pilots, an air operator and two policemen on board.On the return, during the taxi in the central area of ​​the apron, there was loss of control of the aircraft, which carried out two turns of approximately… Read more »

13-Sep-20

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Airbus AS332 EC225 – Proposed AD 20-140 – Placards and Markings

Airbus AS332 EC225 – Proposed AD 20-140 – Placards and Markings

This Proposed AD will be closed for consultation on 09 October 2020 During review of existing emergency exit placards, attached to or located near to the cabin sliding doors (both left-hand (LH) and right-hand (RH) sides), to verify that they provide an accurate illustration of the proper method of sliding doors emergency opening, it was… Read more »

Source: EASA, 11-Sep-20

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06-Sep-20 N354PA Airbus AS350B2 Fort Greely, US-Alaska

Port side sliding door separated and hit main rotor disc.  Emergency landing

06-Sep-20

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Airbus AS365/EC155 – EASA Proposed AD 20-127 : Tail Rotor Drive Flange

Airbus AS365/EC155 – EASA Proposed AD 20-127 : Tail Rotor Drive Flange

Several occurrences have been reported of loss of tightening torque of the Shur-Lok nut, which serves as a retainer of the tail rotor (TR) drive flange of the main gearbox (MGB). Subsequent investigation determined that these events were the result of failure of the Shur-Lok nut locking function, which is normally ensured by two anti-rotation… Read more »

Source: EASA, 03-Sep-20

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Airbus introduces UH-72B based on H145 with fenestron

Airbus introduces UH-72B based on H145 with fenestron

Airbus Helicopters, Inc. will introduce the newest series of its Lakota helicopter to the U.S. Army’s fleet, the company announced today at the 2020 National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) virtual tradeshow. Starting with new orders placed this year for 17 additional Lakota helicopters, the U.S. Army will welcome the newest series –… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 02-Sep-20

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DRF – Lufthansa joint venture adds Airbus H135-H145 full flight simulator

DRF – Lufthansa joint venture adds Airbus H135-H145 full flight simulator

Ready for training: Lufthansa Aviation Training puts its first own helicopter simulator into service after receiving approval from the German Federal Aviation Authority. A new Level D full-flight simulator of the Airbus H145/135 type has joined the existing training fleet at the Frankfurt training location since August 27, 2020 and is available to customers for… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 01-Sep-20

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Eagle Copters Supporting Airbus with their Law Enforcement Missions

Eagle Copters Supporting Airbus with their Law Enforcement Missions

Eagle Copters Ltd. is proud of the recent success in supplying Airbus with our highly versatile audio system and electrical consoles as a natural fit for special mission operations and law enforcement. Eagle Copters is certain that both the Eagle Audio System (P139-HD) and the Avionics Switch Console (P132) will surpass all mission expectations for… Read more »

Source: Eagle Copters, 01-Sep-20

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01-Sep-20 N139HN Airbus EC130 Winchester, US-Kentucky

Emergency landing in field after engine issues

01-Sep-20

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28-Aug-20 JA332T Airbus AS332L1 Nagaoka, Japan

The aircraft took off from the temporary helipad, and was transporting a cargo, and unintentionally dropped the cargo (about 790kg, construction materials) on a grass field near the temporary helipad from a height of about 25m around 9:50 JST. Cargo was old steel tower members, weight: about 790 kilograms.

28-Aug-20

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25-Aug-20 N160SH Airbus AS350B2 Tuxedni Bay, US-Alaska

Engine failed while hovering over mountainous terrain.  Heavy landing and helicopter rolled onto its side.  Pilot not injured Helicopter was being operated for HighGold Mining, who issued this related press release

25-Aug-20

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French H225M refuels from Airbus A400M for first time

French H225M refuels from Airbus A400M for first time

[electronic translation] On July 22, 2020, the Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) and Airbus Helicopters carried out the first refueling test flight with fuel transfer between an A400M Atlas transport aircraft and a Caracal helicopter. Until then, only “dry” in-flight contact tests had been carried out in order to assess the aerodynamic behavior of the… Read more »

Source: DGA, 21-Aug-20

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Airbus delivers first of 16 H125s to US Customs and Border Protection

Airbus delivers first of 16 H125s to US Customs and Border Protection

Airbus Helicopters, Inc. (AHI) has delivered the first of 16 new H125 helicopters uniquely configured for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO). AMO collaborated with AHI as part of a long-term fleet upgrade initiative, and the resulting configuration has led to one of the most advanced, high-tech law enforcement helicopters… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 21-Aug-20

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