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Vector Aerospace receives Airbus Helicopters Service Centre Approval

Vector Aerospace receives Airbus Helicopters Service Centre Approval

Vector Aerospace UK (Vector –www.vectoraerospace.com) a leading provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce the signing of an agreement with Airbus Helicopters enabling its Fleetlands site in Gosport to operate as an Airbus Helicopters Service Centre for countries adjoining the North Sea – the UK, Republic of Ireland ,… Read more »

Source: Vector, 28-Apr-15

Shell Australia launches landmark SAR service

Shell Australia has launched a dedicated search and rescue (SAR) helicopter service with operator CHC Helicopter to support the offshore oil and gas industry in the Kimberley – the first of its kind in Australia. The EC225 SAR helicopter is based at the Broome International Airport and is operated by CHC. It is supported by… Read more »

Source: CHC, 27-Apr-15

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EASA approves EC145 version for utility work

EASA approves EC145 version for utility work

A new version of the twin-engine EC145 rotorcraft has received its type certificate from the European Aviation Safety Agency. The EC145 (formerly known as EC145e) has been developed by Airbus Helicopters to offer a highly efficient and cost-effective solution for utility users. Integrating a standardized interior and an equipment list tailored specifically for utility missions,… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 23-Apr-15

Poland pre-selects Airbus Helicopters H225M Caracal

Poland pre-selects Airbus Helicopters H225M Caracal

Airbus Helicopters and its partner Heli Invest Services welcome the decision of the Polish Ministry of Defence to pre-select the H225M Caracal from Airbus Helicopters. We are fully committed to providing Poland with the best product and support for this long-term strategic program. We believe our offer will deeply strengthen the defence capabilities of Poland… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 21-Apr-15

16-Apr-15 N111FN Airbus AS350B2 Van Nuys, US-California

Unattended and parked helicopter struck by taxying fixed wing Aero Commander aircraft

16-Apr-15

RSG and Dirgantara Indonesia team to propose ASW platform Indonesian Armed Forces

RSG and Dirgantara Indonesia team to propose ASW platform Indonesian Armed Forces

Rotorcraft Services Group, Inc. (RSG), an industry leader in aircraft technical services, announced its teaming agreement with PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) for the development and integration of an advanced Anti-Submarine Warfare suite for the Airbus AS565 MBe Panther helicopter. The integrated mission equipment suite will include L-3 Ocean Systems DS-100 Helicopter Long-Range Active Sonar (HELRAS)… Read more »

Source: RSG, 15-Apr-15

Dare County MedFlight takes delivery of Airbus Helicopters H145

Dare County MedFlight takes delivery of Airbus Helicopters H145

Dare County MedFlight, the air medical transport service for much of the Outer Banks region of North Carolina, has taken delivery of a new Airbus Helicopters H145 (formerly EC145 T2), which will be the first H145 operating in the U.S. Dare County plans to place the new aircraft into service in July, following installation of… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 10-Apr-15

09-Apr-15 ZS-HTS Airbus AS350B3 Mazabuka, Zambia (1F)

Pilot Mike O’Donnell, was flying the helicopter from Angola to Zambia (and onwards to South Africa per some reports) when it crashed. Post crash fire, although some reports quote helicopter being on fire in the air

09-Apr-15

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H145 completes first leg of two-month Brazil demo tour

H145 completes first leg of two-month Brazil demo tour

The H145 wrapped up its first month in Brazil on March 31 after having toured Sao Paulo, Curitiba and Brasilia. 53 flights were performed in total, representing around 42 flight hours. Sao Paulo’s dense urban environment – combining a population of 12 million inhabitants with heavy aeronautical traffic above the city – and complex weather… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 08-Apr-15

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Californian Highway Patrol picks Trakka A800 searchlight for AS350 fleet

Californian Highway Patrol picks Trakka A800 searchlight for AS350 fleet

Trakkacorp Pty Ltd is proud to announce the first Trakkabeam A800 Searchlight installation and delivery for the new Californian Highway Patrol AS350 fleet. This marks the first delivery of fifteen new AS350’s from Airbus USA for CHP. Airbus has collaborated with Hangar One, a leading MRO based in California, for integration and delivery of these… Read more »

Source: Trakkacorp, 07-Apr-15

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Metro Aviation delivers H135 to Northwest MedStar

Metro Aviation delivers H135 to Northwest MedStar

Northwest MedStar owns a mixed fleet of four fixed wing and seven rotor wing aircraft, and recently replaced one of its helicopters with a new Airbus H135 (EC135) completed by Metro Aviation in Shreveport, Louisiana.  Metro also operates all 11 aircraft for Northwest MedStar and has since August of 1994. “MedStar took delivery of its fourth… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 06-Apr-15

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04-Apr-15 9M-IGB Airbus AS365N2 Semenyih, Malaysia (6F)

Helicopter enroute from Kuantan to Subang when it crashed and caught fire. All occupants were guests at the wedding luncheon of the daughter of the Prime Minister in his hometown of Pekan, Kuantan earlier, and were named as – Rompin Member of Parliament and PR1MA Malaysia Corporation (PR1MA) chairman Tan Sri Dr Jamaluddin Jarjis –… Read more »

04-Apr-15

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The Airbus Helicopters Foundation provides aid in Vanuatu following Tropical Cyclone Pam

The Airbus Helicopters Foundation provides aid in Vanuatu following Tropical Cyclone Pam

The Airbus Helicopters Foundation in coordination with French Foreign Affairs Ministry Crisis Center have joined forces to distribute medical supplies, food and other humanitarian aid to the communities affected by Tropical Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu, an archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean, some 1,7500 km east of Australia. The category five cyclone caused enormous damage… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 02-Apr-15

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02-Apr-15 PP-LLS Airbus EC155B1 Carapicuiba, Brazil (5F)

Crashed onto the roof of a house during a post-maintenance test flight. Video footage indicates items fell from the helicopter in flight prior to impact. Pilot was named as Thomaz Rodrigues Alckmin, son of Sao Paulo governor Geraldo Alckmin, and three of the other four fatalities were engineers working for Helipark.

02-Apr-15

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Three Dauphin deliveries and two orders for Japanese police and fire services

Three Dauphin deliveries and two orders for Japanese police and fire services

A contract for two new Airbus Helicopters Dauphins, along with deliveries of three Dauphins this month, have underscored the importance of this twin-engine aircraft family in Japan – particularly with the country’s law enforcement and firefighting agencies. The latest order was signed with Japan’s National Police Agency for one H155 version (previously known as the… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 01-Apr-15

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01-Apr-15 G-CGUB Airbus EC225 North Sea, UK

Aircraft turned back to Aberdeen before reaching destination.  7 POB.  Reported as a Cowling Open warning light

01-Apr-15

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Airbus Helicopters Canada given Ontario Provincial Government grant

Airbus Helicopters Canada given Ontario Provincial Government grant

New strategic partnerships announced this week have leveraged almost $44 million in new investments and helped to create or retain over 1,400 jobs in Southwestern Ontario. The latest investment under the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund is with Airbus Helicopters Canada in Fort Erie. Funding will support the company’s new production line, equipment and facility upgrades,… Read more »

Source: Ontario, 30-Mar-15

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Airbus Helicopters creates new Head of Digital Strategy role

Airbus Helicopters creates new Head of Digital Strategy role

Stéphane Chery has been appointed as Airbus Helicopters’ Head of Digital Strategy, reporting to Clive Schley, Head of Strategy and Marketing. He will be responsible for implementing the company’s vision and top objectives in this domain, enabling new culture and behaviors governing digital technologies across the company. Airbus Helicopters’ creation of the Digital Strategy position… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 30-Mar-15

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30-Mar-15 Eurocopter AS350 Wilburton, US-Oklahoma

Turned back after takeoff to check a malfunctioning gauge and landed back at departure point. Infant patient then ferried to destination by another helicopter

30-Mar-15

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Airbus contract United Rotorcraft for EC130T2 EMS completion

Airbus contract United Rotorcraft for EC130T2 EMS completion

United Rotorcraft has announced a new contract to complete an Airbus EC130 T2 emergency medical services (EMS) demonstrator for Airbus Helicopters, Inc. in Grand Prairie, Texas. The aircraft completion will take place at United Rotorcraft’s Decatur, Texas facility and will include medical interior, avionics, exterior lighting accessories, and full aircraft paint at United Rotorcraft’s newly… Read more »

Source: United Rotorcraft, 29-Mar-15

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Airbus delivers first UH-72A for Army Initial-Entry Trainer Mission

Airbus delivers first UH-72A for Army Initial-Entry Trainer Mission

Airbus Group yesterday delivered to the U.S. Army the first UH-72A Lakota helicopter to come off the Airbus Helicopters Inc. production line configured for the Lakota’s latest mission, as the service’s initial-entry training helicopter. The aircraft will join seven Lakotas previously in the Army inventory that have already been modified to the training configuration and… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 27-Mar-15

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26-Mar-15 EC-KYJ Airbus AS355N Montmelo, Spain

After engine failure indication the pilot decided to land in the heliport of the Montmelo motor racing circuit. During approach there was an explosion of the engine, provoking the power turbine and exhaust nozzle to detach. Important damage to the engine and the exhaust nozzle.

26-Mar-15

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UM Rosenstiel School Unveils New Research Helicopter Platform

UM Rosenstiel School Unveils New Research Helicopter Platform

WHO: University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science Dean Roni Avissar and scientists. WHAT: Media-only event for an advanced preview of the UM Rosenstiel School’s one-of-a-kind Helicopter Observation Platform (HOP). The flying scientific laboratory allows scientists to obtain vital information about our climate, environment and human health. WHEN: Monday, April 13,… Read more »

Source: University Of Miami, 25-Mar-15

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Airbus Helicopters rejects bribery allegations in Greek NH-90 deal

Airbus Helicopters rejects bribery allegations in Greek NH-90 deal

Airbus Helicopters on Monday rejected a German media report that the defence company had bribed Greek officials to buy several of its NH-90 helicopters. See Full Story

Source: Reuters, 25-Mar-15

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Airbus Helicopters to exhibit at The Elite London

Airbus Helicopters to exhibit at The Elite London

Organisers of The Elite London are pleased to welcome Airbus Helicopters UK Ltd as new exhibitors to this year’s event at Rizon Jet, London Biggin Hill Airport, during the8th – 9th May.  Airbus Helicopters, the world’s leading helicopter manufacturer employs more than 23,000 people worldwide. A fleet of approximately 12,000 helicopters, flying more than three… Read more »

Source: The Elite London, 24-Mar-15

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Airbus Helicopters presents its humanitarian mission dedicated helicopters in Dubai

Airbus Helicopters presents its humanitarian mission dedicated helicopters in Dubai

Airbus Helicopters’ commitment to address the needs and requirements of International, Governmental and non-Governmental Organizations engaged in peacekeeping and humanitarian efforts will be highlighted during this month‘s 12th edition of the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid & Development Conference & Exhibition (DIHAD). Airbus Helicopters will emphasize the company’s innovative helicopter solutions that can enhance most humanitarian… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 24-Mar-15

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Airbus awarded $24M option for UH-72 work

Airbus awarded $24M option for UH-72 work

Airbus Defense and Space Inc., Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $23,954,200 modification (P00890) to contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 to exercise an option to procure Program Year 10 contractor logistics support for UH-72A Lakota Helicopters. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $23,954,200 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 23-Mar-15

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Airbus H145 makes Brazilian debut in month-long demo tour

Airbus H145 makes Brazilian debut in month-long demo tour

The H145 has arrived in Brazil for a customer tour to demonstrate the capabilities of this enhanced Airbus Helicopters rotorcraft in land-based and offshore service. During visits to the cities of São Paulo, Curitiba, Brasília, Belo Horizonte and Rio de Janeiro, the H145 will be presented to civilian and offshore operators, along with governmental and… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 20-Mar-15

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MHS Aviation receives Appreciation Award for offshore achievements

MHS Aviation receives Appreciation Award for offshore achievements

Malaysia’s MHS Aviation Berhad today received an Award of Appreciation that acknowledged its world-class achievements in operations for the oil and gas sector using Airbus Helicopters-built rotorcraft. This award was presented by Airbus Helicopters Vice President Christopher Grainger, the head of Oil & Gas Sales, to MHS Aviation Executive Director Mohsein bin Ma’som, during the… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 20-Mar-15

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H175 tours Mexico, the US and Brazil

H175 tours Mexico, the US and Brazil

The H175 has embarked upon a three-month demo-tour in Mexico, the United States and Brazil following its appearance at the Heli-Expo 2015 industry show in Orlando, Florida, earlier this month.

Source: Airbus, 18-Mar-15

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Airbus Helicopters Malaysia and Boustead sign JV agreement for regional helicopter simulation center

Airbus Helicopters Malaysia and Boustead sign JV agreement for regional helicopter simulation center

Boustead Heavy Industries Corporation Berhad (BHIC) signed an agreement today to acquire a 30 percent share in the Airbus Helicopters Simulation Center in Malaysia. This joint venture agreement was signed by BHIC Chairman YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Lodin Wok Kamaruddin and Philippe Monteux, Airbus Helicopters Senior Vice President for South East Asia & Pacific… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 18-Mar-15

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Aerial Power Lines orders two H135s from Airbus Helicopters

Aerial Power Lines orders two H135s from Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters today signed a contract with Aerial Power Lines Sdn Bhd (APL) for the purchase of two H135 rotorcraft to be utilized on emergency medical service (EMS) duties, and placed options for six more. In addition, this operator placed options for two H175s to support the company’s business needs, whose operations also include power… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 18-Mar-15

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Attourney announces investigation of CHC Group

Attourney announces investigation of CHC Group

Scott+Scott, Attorneys at Law, LLP (“Scott+Scott”), a national shareholder and consumer rights litigation firm, announces the commencement of an investigation into CHC Group Ltd. (NYSE:HELI) (“CHC Group”) related to potential violations of federal securities laws. If you are a CHC Group shareholder, you are encouraged to contact Scott+Scott for additional information. CHC Group (NYSE:HELI) is… Read more »

Source: Scott Scott, 17-Mar-15

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UK’s third EC145T2 lands with Bond Air Services

UK’s third EC145T2 lands with Bond Air Services

The third H145 (formerly EC145T2) to arrive in the UK was delivered to Bond Air Services last week, joining the only other two aircraft of this type in the country, which are both already at the company’s Staverton headquarters. [Editor note – the aircraft was delivered on a German test registration D-HCBW on Wednesday 11th… Read more »

Source: Bond Air Services, 17-Mar-15

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Vanuatu / Cyclone Pam – Garden City Helicopters to the rescue

Vanuatu / Cyclone Pam – Garden City Helicopters to the rescue

New Zealand operator Garden City Helicopters has sent an AS350 and a BK117 to Vanuatu to help with the ongoing humanitarian aid operation in the aftermath of the devastating Hurricane Pam, which hit the archipelago country on Saturday 14th.  President Baldwin Lonsdale is quoted as saying the storm has wiped out all development of recent… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Mar-15

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Airbus Helicopters H130 tours Cambodia

Airbus Helicopters H130 tours Cambodia

Airbus Helicopters conducted the first demonstration flight of its H130 in Phnom Penh, showcasing the capabilities of this light rotorcraft to private and commercial helicopter operators in Cambodia. The H130 (formerly known as the EC130 T2) is a member of Airbus Helicopters’ renowned Ecureuil family. It offers many possibilities for operators, thanks to its powerful… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 17-Mar-15

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Japan certifies Onboard Systems AS350 (H125) Cargo Hook Swing Retrofit Kit

Japan certifies Onboard Systems AS350 (H125) Cargo Hook Swing Retrofit Kit

Onboard Systems International, Inc., a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, today announced that its cargo hook swing retrofit kit for the Airbus Helicopters AS350 (H125) aircraft (P/N 200-286-02) has been certified for use in Japan by the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB). “Onboard’s swing retrofit kit enables operators to upgrade their factory-installed… Read more »

Source: Onboard Systems, 17-Mar-15

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Airbus Helicopters delivers 2 upgraded AS532 for the French Army Aviation

Airbus Helicopters delivers 2 upgraded AS532 for the French Army Aviation

The French General Directorate for Armament (DGA) took delivery of 2 upgraded AS532 Cougar for the French Army Aviation on Friday the 13th March. Airbus Helicopters was awarded with an ambitious modernization program, by the French General Directorate for Armament, for the 26 Cougar aircraft that are operated by the French Army Aviation. The upgrade… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 16-Mar-15

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Avpro sales at HAI Heli-Expo 2015

Avpro sales at  HAI Heli-Expo 2015

Avpro announced several deals during the HAI Heli-Expo (March 2-5, 2015) in Orlando, Florida. Day one: Avpro reached an agreement to sell a Year 2009 Bell 429 s/n 57056 to an undisclosed buyer on behalf of its client SAEREOS, Bell Helicopter distributor in Ecuador. Day two: Avpro acting on behalf of its client, Kocoglu Group,… Read more »

Source: AVPRO, 16-Mar-15

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13-Mar-15 B511 Eurocopter AS565MB Gageodo Island, Korea (4F)

Crashed in waters off Gageodo Island, while trying to land near a seawall to carry out a mission to transport an emergency patient to an inland hospital. The accident left one dead and three others aboard the helicopter missing.

13-Mar-15

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Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance flies 500th mission

Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance flies 500th mission

Just 22 months from their first flight in May 2013, Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance has recorded its 500th mission, according to a telephone interview HeliHub.com held with PR Manager Maureen Young.  Their Bo105 helicopter was scrambled to Cray, near Glenshee, on Saturday 7th March to an elderly male with chronic chest pain.  He was flown… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Mar-15

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Heli-Expo 2015: a strategic summary

Heli-Expo 2015: a strategic summary

With time to reflect following the end of Heli Expo, Andrew Drwiega gives a quick summary of some of the key points that were made by OEMs during the show. Now that the dust has settled from Heli Expo, Florida, for another year what, if anything, did we learn from the world’s biggest helicopter exposition?… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Mar-15

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Vector Aerospace demonstrates speed and excellence in Super Puma refinish

Vector Aerospace demonstrates speed and excellence in Super Puma refinish

Vector Aerospace’s Fleetlands aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul facility in Gosport, Hampshire, has completed a full paint/ refinish job on the Airlift Super Puma helicopter that provided assistance to the Hoegh Osaka, the car transporter ship which was deliberately run aground on 3rd January after it began to list in the Solent near Southampton. Airlift,… Read more »

Source: Vector, 12-Mar-15

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12-Mar-15 N919EM Airbus AS350B2 Stidham, US-Oklahoma (1F)

flying to McAlester from Tulsa when it crashed, according to the Federal Aviation Administration, and no patients were on board.  Timed at around 11.25pm 3 POB, 1 Fatal

12-Mar-15

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UH-72A delivers on commitments to both US Army and US taxpayers

UH-72A delivers on commitments to both US Army and US taxpayers

The U.S. Army’s recent order for an additional 41 UH-72A Lakota helicopters underscores the continuing value the Army places on the Lakota’s low cost multi-mission capabilities, high performance and reliability. It also validates the work done by Airbus Helicopters Inc. and Airbus Group Inc. to fulfil commitments made to the Army and the U.S. government…. Read more »

Source: Airbus, 10-Mar-15

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09-Mar-15 LQ-FJQ Airbus AS350B3 Villa Castelli, Argentina (5F)

Mid air crash of two AS350 helicopters resulting in the fatal crash of both aircraft with a total of 10 lives lost.  Aircraft burnt out in post-crash fire, and were involved in the filming of a reality TV show called Dropped. Eight French nationals, including three sports stars, and the Argentine pilots died when the… Read more »

09-Mar-15

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SAAM offers reduced insurance premiums for operators who choose Helisim

SAAM offers reduced insurance premiums for operators who choose Helisim

Helisim and SAAM Verspieren Group announced today at Heli-Expo their agreement offering significant insurance premium refunds for operators who perform recurrent flight training at the Helisim Training Academy and have an insurance contract handled by the SAAM Verspieren Group. Helisim – a subsidiary of Airbus Helicopters, Thales Training & Simulation and DCI (Defence Conseil International)… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 06-Mar-15

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Servicios Aéreos de los Andes just signed for 3 H125s for utility work in Peru

Servicios Aéreos de los Andes just signed for 3 H125s for utility work in Peru

One of the last announcement at Heli-Expo was the completion of the first H125 (formally the AS350) in the United States, performed on the Airbus Helicopters, Inc. final assembly line in Columbus, Mississippi. This milestone rotorcraft is now in completion prior to delivery, meeting a schedule set nearly two years ago to establish a U.S…. Read more »

Source: Airbus, 06-Mar-15

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Airbus Helicopters’ HCare brings a new dynamic in customer service

Airbus Helicopters’ HCare brings a new dynamic in customer service

Named “HCare” – which is consistent with Airbus Helicopters’ new H designations for its rotorcraft product lines – this strategy is focused on bringing the most tailor-made and competitive services for customers’ daily operations. HCare was unveiled at the Heli-Expo 2015 industry show in Orlando, Florida, where the company has a high-profile participation (Exhibit #2437)…. Read more »

Source: Airbus, 06-Mar-15

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Norsk luftambulanse orders three Airbus Helicopters H135s

Norsk luftambulanse orders three Airbus Helicopters H135s

Norway’s Norsk luftambulanse AS has ordered three H135s to further broaden the leading medical airlift services provider’s fleet of Airbus Helicopters-built rotorcraft. The agreement, signed today during the Heli-Expo 2015 industry convention in Orlando, Florida, marks Norsk luftambulanse’s latest acquisition of Airbus Helicopters’ lightweight twin-engine rotorcraft – with its current inventory consisting of 13 H135s… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 06-Mar-15

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Airbus Helicopters announces updated release of its H225 Flight Crew Operating Manual

Airbus Helicopters announces updated release of its H225 Flight Crew Operating Manual

Airbus Helicopters has expanded on its initial Flight Crew Operating Manual (FCOM) for H225 (formerly EC225) aircraft in oil and gas missions – the first such source document produced by a rotorcraft manufacturer – and has announced the release of an updated version, now extended to include emergency procedures. Airbus Helicopters worked closely on the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 06-Mar-15

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Maverick Helicopters Re-Signs Multi-Year Contract with Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Maverick Helicopters Re-Signs Multi-Year Contract with Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Maverick Helicopters has re-signed a multi-year contract with Las Vegas Motor Speedway that will continue its relationship as the exclusive helicopter operator for events at the complex including NASCAR Weekend, corporate functions and more. Through this agreement, Maverick Helicopters will manage the heliport and work with the speedway and its entities to transfer guests and celebrities to events…. Read more »

Source: Maverick Helicopters, 06-Mar-15

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The HeliHub.com interview – Patrick Moncoutie, VP Arrano Programme, Turbomeca

The HeliHub.com interview – Patrick Moncoutie, VP Arrano Programme, Turbomeca

Turbomeca’s new engine, the Arrano, was one of two alternative originally selected for Airbus Helicopters new medium class helicopter, the X4 (now revealed by its new name as the H160). Recently, Airbus revealed that Turbomeca alone would be the engine to power the H160.   Andrew Drwiega (AD): What were the origins of the Arrano… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Mar-15

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Airbus Helicopters Golden Hour Award Presented Snohomish County

Airbus Helicopters Golden Hour Award Presented Snohomish County

For its work conducting critical life-saving rescue missions, the Snohomish County Helicopter Rescue Team, based in Everett, Wash., has been awarded the Airbus Helicopters Golden Hour Award. The Golden Hour Award recognizes the efforts of an individual, group or organization that over time has advanced the use of helicopters in the vital mission of air… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 05-Mar-15

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Airbus to take EC130T2 on US tour this spring

Airbus to take EC130T2 on US tour this spring

Airbus Helicopters Inc. plans a multi-city tour across the U.S. this spring demonstrating the next generation air medical service capabilities of its EC130 T2. United Rotorcraft, a division of Air Methods, will be completing the Airbus EC130 T2 for the tour, equipping the aircraft with a state-of-the-art, next generation medical interior and avionics suite. Since… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 05-Mar-15

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Vector Aerospace and Miami Dade Police sign AS350 Component MRO Contract

Vector Aerospace and Miami Dade Police sign AS350 Component MRO Contract

Vector Aerospace Corporation (“Vector Aerospace”), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (“MRO”) services, is pleased to announce that Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services – North America (“HS-NA”) has been selected by Miami Dade County to provide dynamic component MRO support for the Miami Dade Police Air Support Unit for their fleet of… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 04-Mar-15

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Bristow increases H175 order to seventeen helicopters

Bristow increases H175 order to seventeen helicopters

Bristow Group today raised its total firm orders for Airbus Helicopters’ H175 to 17, and also signed a comprehensive support services agreement for its new seven-metric-ton-category rotorcraft. H175 is the new name of the twin-engine EC175. Airbus Helicopters announced at the Heli-Expo 2015 helicopter industry trade show in Orlando, Florida, the renaming of its products… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 04-Mar-15

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AS350 Lands at Helicopter Flight Training Center

AS350 Lands at Helicopter Flight Training Center

The Helicopter Flight Training Center (HFTC) in Shreveport, Louisiana is growing at a steady pace.  Already home to a FlightSafety AS350 Level 7 Flight Training Device and an EC135 Level D Full Motion Simulator, the center will add a Frasca Bell 407/GX Flight Training Device this summer. Simulators are great tools for aviators, and allow… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 04-Mar-15

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Metro Aviation delivers Sweet Sixteen refurbishment to First Flight

Metro Aviation delivers Sweet Sixteen refurbishment to First Flight

It has been sixteen years since Metro Aviation first completed the EC135 P1 known as First Flight.  Since then, Metro has operated and maintained the aircraft for Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, Florida, ensuring it is always in top shape no matter its age. Recently, Metro brought the aircraft back to its completion facility… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 04-Mar-15

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Metro Aviation Completes First EC145e

Metro Aviation Completes First EC145e

The helicopter industry will be introduced to the newest edition of the Airbus Helicopters EC145 platform, the EC145e, at HELI-EXPO 2015.  Metro Aviation recently configured what they call the “e-lite” for display at the largest helicopter exhibition in the world. Combining the well-known features of the EC145, such as the large cabin and reliability, with… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 04-Mar-15

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Metro Aviation Completes 75th Airbus EC145

Metro Aviation Completes 75th Airbus EC145

Metro Aviation operates the largest, most comprehensive air medical completion center in the world and has completed more EC135s and EC145s than any other completion center.  Metro is in the process of completing its 75th EC145, which is also North America’s first EC145 T2, a considerable milestone for the company that recently celebrated its 200th… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 04-Mar-15

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Airbus Helicopter H160 (X4) Takes Centre Stage at Heli-Expo Opening

Airbus Helicopter H160 (X4) Takes Centre Stage at Heli-Expo Opening

The most anticipated event of this year’s Heli-Expo has happened – the reveal of the Airbus Helicopters X4 medium class helicopter, now to be known as the Airbus Helicopter H160. A large crowd assembled for the countdown with the reveal scheduled for 11am (local). During the launch Faury revealed that the H160 is the first… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Mar-15

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Turbomeca demonstrates new Arrano turboshaft will achieve target performance

Turbomeca demonstrates new Arrano turboshaft will achieve target performance

After a full year of ground tests, Turbomeca (Safran) has demonstrated that its new Arrano turboshaft will achieve anticipated performance levels in terms of power range and fuel consumption. Last month, Airbus Helicopters confirmed Turbomeca as sole engine-supplier for its ground-breaking H160 helicopter. Thanks to the Arrano’s flexible configuration and integration of leading-edge build technologies,… Read more »

Source: Turbomeca, 03-Mar-15

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Airbus Helicopters reveals the X4 name – call it the H160 from now on

Airbus Helicopters reveals the X4 name – call it the H160 from now on

In a razzamatazz of sound and lightsF Guillaume Faury has launched the H160 – the replacement for the Dauphin family.  The launch, with many convention attenders stopping to watch – and another 974 online – sees the first full composite airframe in the commercial market available to review.  It has more of a pointy nose… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Mar-15

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Airbus rename all AS and EC helicopter products

Airbus rename all AS and EC helicopter products

A good proportion of the industry still thinks “Eurocopter” and not “Airbus” and now they are changing all their product names.  All the AS and EC prefixes are gone, to be replaced by H.  So the EC135 becomes the H135, the AS350 is now the H350 and so on. That will be very confusing at… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Mar-15

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Airbus Helicopters to hold regional customer service symposiums

Airbus Helicopters to hold regional customer service symposiums

Airbus Helicopters Inc. will hold six regional Customer Service Symposiums in 2015, expanding the popular program this year to include two additional locations. The events provide an opportunity for operators of Airbus Helicopters to get the latest aircraft safety and technical updates and meet with key company’s customer support personnel. The one-day symposiums begin in… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 03-Mar-15

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First US-produced AS350 AStar rolls off Columbus final assembly line

First US-produced AS350 AStar rolls off Columbus final assembly line

The first Airbus Helicopters AS350 AStar helicopter completely assembled in the U.S. has received airworthiness certification from the Federal Aviation Administration and will soon begin completion for delivery. The AS350 B3e rolled off the Airbus Helicopters Inc. final assembly line in Columbus, Miss. at the end of December, meeting a schedule set nearly two years… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 03-Mar-15

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Suffolk County Police Dept purchases second EC145

Suffolk County Police Dept purchases second EC145

Suffolk County Police Department, Long Island, NY has purchased a second Airbus Helicopters EC145 helicopter to add to its fleet of one EC145 and two AS350B2s. The new aircraft will replace an older AS350B2. The Suffolk County Police Aviation Section performs a wide variety of missions including law enforcement, medevac, inter-hospital transport and search and… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 03-Mar-15

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Indiana Helicopters adds AS350B3e and AS365N2

Indiana Helicopters adds AS350B3e and AS365N2

Continued market growth in the upper Midwest has prompted Indiana Helicopters to expand its Airbus Helicopters fleet with the addition of a new AS350 B3e AStar and an AS365 N2. The Fort Wayne, Ind.-based company took delivery of the new AStar on Feb. 24, its fifth Airbus aircraft. A leading provider of professional charters, tours… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 03-Mar-15

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Latest EagleMed AS350 delivery brings AS350 fleet to 15

Latest EagleMed AS350 delivery brings AS350 fleet to 15

Airbus Helicopters Inc. is pleased to announce that EagleMed LLC, a subsidiary of Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH), is committed to growing its fleet of Airbus Helicopters AS350 AStar helicopters. EagleMed has ordered three AS350s and taken delivery of two since May 2014, including one delivered Feb. 19. Delivery of the third aircraft is scheduled… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 03-Mar-15

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California law enforcement agencies commit to AS350B3e

California law enforcement agencies commit to AS350B3e

Helicopters Inc. is pleased to announce that several California law enforcement agencies have recently purchased or taken delivery of new AS350 B3e AStars, continuing Airbus Helicopters leadership in law enforcement helicopter sales. Recent AS350 B3e customers include the California Highway Patrol (CHP), Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office. The AS350… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 03-Mar-15

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Dare County MedFlight of North Carolina is US EC145T2 launch customer

Dare County MedFlight of North Carolina is US EC145T2 launch customer

Dare County MedFlight, the air medical service provider for much of the Outer Banks region of North Carolina and the site of the Wright Brothers first flight, is the U.S. launch customer for the Airbus Helicopters EC145 T2. The Dare County aircraft is on display at Airbus Helicopters Booth #2437 during Heli-Expo 2015. A longtime… Read more »

03-Mar-15

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Airbus Helicopters delivers fourth AS350B2 to Hillsborough County, Florida

Airbus Helicopters delivers fourth AS350B2 to Hillsborough County, Florida

Airbus Helicopters Inc. has delivered a fourth AS350 B2 AStar helicopter equipped for law enforcement missions to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) in Tampa, Fla. The aircraft replaces an EC120B to give Hillsborough an all-AStar fleet. The Hillsborough Sheriff’s Aviation Unit performs a wide variety of missions including law enforcement, light firefighting and search… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 03-Mar-15

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US Helicopters adds three more AS350B2s to Electronic News Gathering fleet

US Helicopters adds three more AS350B2s to Electronic News Gathering fleet

As one of the nation’s premier providers of full service, exclusive Electronic News Gathering (ENG) helicopters, U.S. Helicopters Inc. is continuing replacement of older aircraft with the addition of three new Airbus Helicopters AS350 B2 AStars. Two of the new aircraft, purchased in 2014, are already in service in the top five U.S. television markets…. Read more »

Source: Airbus, 03-Mar-15

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Hillsboro Aviation takes delivery of AS350B3e and has options for five more

Hillsboro Aviation takes delivery of AS350B3e and has options for five more

Hillsboro Aviation Inc., a leading provider of helicopter and airplane services and charter operations in the Pacific Northwest, has purchased its first new Airbus Helicopters aircraft and has signed an option agreement with Airbus Helicopters Inc. enabling it to purchase up to five more. Hillsboro has already taken delivery of its first aircraft, an industry… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 03-Mar-15

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