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Source: Airbus Helicopters Canada, 01-Jul-14

New Brisbane police helicopter unveiled

New Brisbane police helicopter unveiled

Brisbane now has its own police helicopter, with Queensland Police unveiling its new eye in the sky.  See full story

01-Jul-14

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Airbus supports ASEAN Helicopter Safety Team

Airbus supports ASEAN Helicopter Safety Team

With Asia poised to be the fastest growing helicopter market in the coming years, key industry players from the ASEAN Helicopter Safety Team (AHEST) held the inaugural steering committee meeting this month to initiate actions to improve safety in civil helicopter operations in this region. AHEST was founded in late 2013 to expand the mandate… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 01-Jul-14

Flightsafety appoints new Assistant Manager in Dallas, Texas

Flightsafety appoints new Assistant Manager in Dallas, Texas

FlightSafety International announces that Robert Standley has been promoted to an Assistant Manager at the company’s Learning Center in Dallas, Texas. He will oversee the Dassault Falcon, Gulfstream and Pratt & Whitney Canada maintenance training programs offered at the Center. “We are pleased that Bob has joined the Dallas Learning Center team. Our Customers will… Read more »

Source: FlightSafety, 30-Jun-14

29-Jun-14 N350CR Eurocopter AS350B2 Dietrich, US-Idaho

Helicopter completely demolished in crash in hay field.  All three occupants airlifted to hospital

29-Jun-14

Philadelphia Police add AS350B2

Philadelphia Police add AS350B2

The Philadelphia Police Department has taken delivery of the first of two new Airbus Helicopters AS350B2 AStar helicopters, becoming the latest in a long and growing list of U.S. law enforcement agencies to utilize this high performance aircraft produced by Airbus Helicopters Inc. (AHI). “We’re very happy with the completion of our first helicopter,” said… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 27-Jun-14

Aerial Power Lines add AS350B3e and EC135T2e for Malaysian power grid ops

Aerial Power Lines add AS350B3e and EC135T2e for Malaysian power grid ops

The delivery of Airbus Helicopters‟ initial two rotorcraft to Aerial Power Lines Sdn Bhd (APL) will enable this Malaysian operator to offer competitive solutions for electrical power line construction, maintenance and surveillance – furthering the country‟s evolution as a developed nation. Provided to APL during a ceremony today at the Airbus Helicopters Malaysia subsidiary in… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 27-Jun-14

Mid Atlantic Sim Center in Iceland and Indra sign an agreement for AS350 Simulator.

Mid Atlantic Sim Center in Iceland and Indra sign an agreement for AS350 Simulator.

Mid Atlantic Sim Center Ltd, a newly established helicopter training organization in Iceland, and Indra signed an agreement for the supply of a Level D AS350 Full Flight Simulator earlier this week. The new simulator will be the first Level D AS350 Full Flight Simulator in Europe and will service both the Airbus AS350 B2… Read more »

Source: Mid Atlantic Sim Center, 25-Jun-14

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Airbus Helicopters promotes Polish credentials

Airbus Helicopters promotes Polish credentials

The long-term partnership between Poland and Airbus Helicopters – built on the dual strengths of cooperation and the application of innovation – will be spotlighted during the company’s participation at this week’s Balt Military Expo and Natcon Conference in Gdańsk. During Balt Military Expo 2014, the company will unveil a new cooperation with three Polish… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 25-Jun-14

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EC175 in Arizona for hot and high trials

EC175 in Arizona for hot and high trials

The EC175 set off last week by Antonov for a six-week campaign in the United States to test its flight performance in high and hot environments. Successful completion of the tests will enable Airbus Helicopters to expand the helicopter’s flight envelope in extremely high temperatures and at high altitudes. “The heights and temperatures we will… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 24-Jun-14

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Geisinger Life Flight introduces new aircraft and landing zone

Geisinger Life Flight introduces new aircraft and landing zone

Geisinger Health System recently introduced a new state-of-the-art, twin-engine American Eurocopter EC-145 to its existing fleet of Life Flight air ambulances. This is the fifth EC-145 helicopter in the Life Flight fleet, part of an ongoing commitment to provide the best quality critical care to residents in central and northeastern Pennsylvania. “For more than 33… Read more »

Source: Geisinger, 23-Jun-14

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23-Jun-14 N407EM Eurocopter AS350B2 Leary, US-Texas

Substantially damaged in field landing

23-Jun-14

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Hélidax passes the 70,000 flight hour milestone

Hélidax passes the 70,000 flight hour milestone

Hélidax, a subsidiary of DCI and INAER, announces an extension of its activities to cover the armed forces’ training. In 2013, 400 hours for training crews from the 5th attack helicopter battalion in Pau (5th ATKHB) were performed on Hélidax EC120 aircraft, in the Calliope configuration. These training missions continue in 2014 with the supply of EC120… Read more »

Source: DCI, 21-Jun-14

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Airbus X3 technology demonstrator retired to a museum

Airbus X3 technology demonstrator retired to a museum

After opening the frontiers of flight during a record-setting test program, Airbus Helicopters’ X3 is now ready for its place in history as this high-speed helicopter demonstrator is welcomed for display at the French national musée de l’Air et de l’Espace (Air and Space museum) of Paris-Le Bourget. The X3 will be exhibited in the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 20-Jun-14

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Northwest MedStar receives third EC135

Northwest MedStar receives third EC135

Northwest MedStar, the region’s air medical program, received its third Airbus EC135 helicopter from Metro Aviation, Inc. to provide critical care transport for patients in the region. “We’re excited to introduce this aircraft to our fleet,” says Eveline Bisson, Northwest MedStar director. “In collaboration with the region’s hospitals and EMS agencies, our team brings an… Read more »

Source: Northwest MedStar, 19-Jun-14

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EagleMed selects Metro Aviation for AS350 simulator training

EagleMed selects Metro Aviation for AS350 simulator training

EagleMed LLC critical care air medical transport company has selected Metro Aviation as its preferred provider of helicopter simulator training for its pilots. EagleMed will conduct this important training at Metro Aviation’s Helicopter Flight Training Center in Shreveport, La., utilizing a Eurocopter AS350 Level 7 Flight Training Device. “EagleMed’s unconditional commitment to safety is further… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 19-Jun-14

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Helibras delivers the first EC725 produced in Brazil

Helibras delivers the first EC725 produced in Brazil

The first “built-in-Brazil” EC725 was provided to the Brazilian Navy last Friday, marking a major milestone in Airbus Helicopters’ cooperation with the country to supply mission-ready multi-role rotorcraft for its three military services and to develop a capable national helicopter industry. This milestone aircraft’s handover occurred at the new rotary-wing center of excellence operated by… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 18-Jun-14

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Mississippi Department of Public Safety takes delivery of AS350B3e

Mississippi Department of Public Safety takes delivery of AS350B3e

Captain Ron Kelly of the Mississippi Highway Patrol Air Wing accepted delivery Tuesday of an Airbus Helicopters Inc.AS350 B3eAStar produced for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety (DPS).  The new law enforcement-equipped helicopter is a Mississippi-built product. Kelly, commander of the Highway Patrol Air Wing, said the AS350 B3e was clearly the best aircraft for… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 18-Jun-14

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Canada approves PA100 PUREairsystem for AS350/EC130

Canada approves PA100 PUREairsystem for AS350/EC130

Transport Canada has awarded DART Aerospace a supplemental type certificate (STC) for the PA100PUREairsystem for the AS350 and EC130 helicopters.Operators can now install the PA100 PUREairsystem in markets where the TCCA approval is recognized. The PA100 PUREair System, co-developed by Pall Aerospace and DART Aerospace, is a totally redesigned, reengineered, and retested engine air protection… Read more »

Source: DART Aerospace, 18-Jun-14

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UK – PremiAir Aviation Services operating licence reinstated

UK – PremiAir Aviation Services operating licence reinstated

The CAA have advised in their snappily-named “Official Record Series 2, Number 2131” – dated 10th June 2014 – that PremiAir Aviation Services of Blackbushe have had their Type B Operating Licence reinstated effective from 23rd May 2014.  It had been suspended six and a half months earlier, as we noted here. PremiAir have yet… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Jun-14

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Profile – London’s Metropolitan Police Air Support Unit

Profile – London’s Metropolitan Police Air Support Unit

The Guardian newspaper does an extensive profile of London’s police helicopter unit – see full story 

16-Jun-14

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Airbus Helicopters presents defense lineup at Eurosatory 2014

Airbus Helicopters presents defense lineup at Eurosatory 2014

The rugged, capable and mission-ready military rotorcraft lineup from Airbus Helicopters will be displayed at next week’s Eurosatory 2014 defense exposition near Paris, France, along with a focus on the latest innovation for its product family. “The rapid evolution of operational requirements, for missions that are carried out by armed forces worldwide, requires an answer… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 16-Jun-14

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Airbus Helicopters responds to AAIB Final Report on EC225 North Sea accidents

Airbus Helicopters responds to AAIB Final Report on EC225 North Sea accidents

Today, the Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) issued its final determination following its investigation into the causes linked to two controlled ditchings that occurred in the North Sea on May 10, 2012 and October 22, 2012 aboard EC225 helicopters. Airbus Helicopters affirms the conclusions drawn in the report concerning the causes of the two controlled… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 13-Jun-14

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AAIB issues formal report on North Sea EC225 accidents

AAIB issues formal report on North Sea EC225 accidents

The formal report on the accidents to a Bond and a CHC EC225 in 2012 has now been released by the AAIB.  A further seven new Safety Recommendations have been made, including five related to the liferafts and one related to the fatigue performance  of components manufactured from high strength low alloy steel.  These are listed below… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Jun-14

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Helibras delivers EMS EC145 to State of Minas Gerais

Helibras delivers EMS EC145 to State of Minas Gerais

Helibras delivered the first EC145 the State Department of Health of Minas Gerais. The aircraft will be used for attendance during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in the state. In aeromedical configuration, the model will carry two stretchers with patients, doctors, nurses, operating crew of Firefighters, Pilot and co-pilot. The helicopter is equipped with the… Read more »

Source: helibras, 11-Jun-14

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Metro delivers law enforcement aircraft to Seminole County

Metro delivers law enforcement aircraft to Seminole County

The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office Aviation Section recently received a new AS350 B3e completed by Metro Aviation. This multi-mission law enforcement aircraft is equipped with a cargo hook for sling work including a Bambi Bucket for fire suppression and a hoist for rescue operations. The AS350 B3e is also equipped with an HD color/low-light camera… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 11-Jun-14

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Vector Aerospace and Bond Australia announce continued support of Australian Off-Shore Market

Vector Aerospace and Bond Australia announce continued support of Australian Off-Shore Market

Vector Financial Services, the leasing division of Vector Aerospace Corporation (“Vector”), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) service, is pleased to announce the extension of leasing and support agreements for two (2) Vector-owned AS332L helicopters with Bond Helicopters Australia (Bond). “The Vector team understands the level of support our operations… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 10-Jun-14

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Cornwall Air Ambulance – Third Time Lucky at Business Awards

Cornwall Air Ambulance – Third Time Lucky at Business Awards

The annual event celebrate innovation and achievement among Cornish businesses. The 2014 awards ceremony was held at St Mellion International Resort in May. Guest speaker was businessman Gerald Ratner, famous for his honest appraisal of his own jewellery products. Cornwall Air Ambulance was recognised in the Best Third Sector Business category, sponsored by the Eden… Read more »

Source: Cornwall Air Ambulance, 09-Jun-14

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SonAir receives three EC225s, financed through Milestone

SonAir receives three EC225s, financed through Milestone

The worldwide fleet of EC225s that perform heli-lift duties for oil and gas operators increased by three today with Airbus Helicopters’ triple delivery of workhorse rotorcraft acquired by Milestone Aviation Group and leased to SonAir – an African operator – which will utilize them in Angola. The handover ceremony in Marignane, France marked the latest… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 06-Jun-14

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Airbus Helicopters designs innovative maneuver for SpacePlane drop test

Airbus Helicopters designs innovative maneuver for SpacePlane drop test

Early last month, an AS350 B3e Ecureuil operated by Airbus Helicopters Southeast Asia (AHSA) played an important role in a technology demonstration led by Airbus Group’s Defence and Space division that may one day see tourists traveling to space. The project, known as the SpacePlane, aims to take passengers on short trips above the atmosphere… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 05-Jun-14

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Armed EC725 undergoes flight tests

Armed EC725 undergoes flight tests

A prototype of the EC725 did flight tests in France, with a specialized team, led by the engineer Pedro Paim from Helibras and Airbus Helicopters experts. These tests evaluated the behavior of the aircraft in critical phases of flight with anti-surface missiles AM39 Block 2 Mode 2 with 700 kg installed on each side of… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 05-Jun-14

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Airbus takes EC145T2 to Airmed World Congress

Airbus takes EC145T2 to Airmed World Congress

As the leading helicopter manufacturer in helicopter emergency medical services – with a 60 percent market share – Airbus Helicopters is introducing its evolved EC145 T2 rotorcraft in the helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) configuration. The twin-engine EC145 T2 is showcased at the AIRMED World Congress in Rome, Italy with new HEMS and mountain rescue… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 03-Jun-14

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Airbus Helicopters Canada Delivers EC135 to Blackcomb Aviation

Airbus Helicopters Canada Delivers EC135 to Blackcomb Aviation

Blackcomb Aviation’s EC135 will provide support for the company’s multi-year contracts with various organizations, including power line maintenance and support missions in western Canada. The aircraft will be based in Whistler, British Columbia and will complete missions requiring state-of-the-art twin engine aircraft capabilities. This is the first of two EC135’s set to be delivered to… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 03-Jun-14

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EMS helipad planned at Fort William in Scotland

EMS helipad planned at Fort William in Scotland

THE Blar Mor development site in Fort William is to be investigated as a possible location for a permanent helipad for air ambulance helicopters.  See full story

Source: Lochaber News, 02-Jun-14

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AS350 B3e breaks record on Mexico’s highest mountain

AS350 B3e breaks record on Mexico’s highest mountain

An Airbus Helicopters AS350 B3e helicopter achieved a new record in Mexican aviation history today by landing on the country’s highest peak, the 5,610-meter-high Pico de Orizaba (also known as Citlaltépetl). The historic landing―coordinated with the Mexican Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC) and undertaken in accordance with international operating standards―underscores the extraordinary power and reliability of… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 02-Jun-14

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Bayflite to renew helipad lease at North Port

Bayflite to renew helipad lease at North Port

Bayflite, the helicopter ambulance service, intends to renew its lease on a helipad at North Port’s fire station near City Hall for another two years.  See full story

Source: Herald Tribune, 02-Jun-14

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UF Health celebrates the arrival of new ShandsCair EC155

UF Health celebrates the arrival of new ShandsCair EC155

UF Health celebrates the arrival of the newest member of the ShandsCair fleet — an EC-155 — the largest, fastest and most advanced civilian aeromedicine helicopter in the Southeast. The new helicopter, specially modified for aeromedicine, has been assigned the designation of ShandsCair 1 and replaces the smaller EC-135 in use at ShandsCair’s Gainesville base… Read more »

Source: UF Health, 02-Jun-14

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EC175 launch customer NHV holds demo flights in Belgium

EC175 launch customer NHV holds demo flights in Belgium

Following its successful demo tour in the North Sea, the EC175 headed to NHV in Ostende, Belgium for three days of demonstration flights. In total, five flights were held carrying passengers such as NHV shareholders, investors, and Search and Rescue pilots. Listen to Annabelle De Witte, HSE Manager for Senvion Benelux, Remco Siemerink, SAR base… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 30-May-14

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UTair to Install DART Aerospace Auxiliary Equipment on AS350/AS355s

UTair to Install DART Aerospace Auxiliary Equipment on AS350/AS355s

UTair Aviation has decided to install auxiliary equipment produced by Canadian company DART Aerospace on its AS350 and AS355 helicopters. UTair-Engineering signed a trilateral cooperation agreement with Canadian DART Aerospace and Russian Heliatica at the 7th International Helicopter Industry Exhibition HeliRussia 2014. The agreement centers on the UTair purchase of equipment produced by DART for… Read more »

Source: UTair, 29-May-14

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Airbus Helicopters and UTair renew training agreement

Airbus Helicopters and UTair renew training agreement

The successful training of pilots and technical personnel on Ecureuil-family rotorcraft will be continued in a joint Airbus Helicopters and UTair effort with the signing of an agreement at this week’s HeliRussia exhibition in Moscow. UTair’s Personnel Training Center (PTC) provides the courses, which covers type ratings, as well as recurrent and refresher training, for… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 26-May-14

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Airbus Helicopters to maintain fleet of 41 EC135s for German Federal Police

Airbus Helicopters to maintain fleet of 41 EC135s for German Federal Police

Berlin, 23 May 2014 – Keeping the German Federal Police’s large fleet of EC135 rotorcraft mission-ready will be the responsibility of Airbus Helicopters based on a long-term maintenance, repair, and overhaul contract (MRO) signed with the NATO Support Agency NSPA at the ILA Berlin Air Show. The NATO Support Agency (NSPA) is NATO’s Integrated Logistics… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 26-May-14

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HeliRussia – Airbus Helicopters displays locally-operated AS350B3

HeliRussia – Airbus Helicopters displays locally-operated AS350B3

As the leading supplier of foreign-made turbine-powered rotorcraft in Russia, Airbus Helicopters’ participation at this week’s HeliRussia industry show focuses on its product range and mission diversity – including the display of a single-engine AS350 B3, a best-seller that has earned its reputation with customers in Russia and abroad. Airbus Helicopters’ AS350 B3 is the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 26-May-14

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EASA approves Airlift Super Puma NVIS STC

EASA approves Airlift Super Puma NVIS STC

Airlift’s EASA Part-21 Design Organisation (DOA)  has been awarded with Supplemental Type Certificate (EASA STC number 10049153) for the installation and certification of Night Vision Imaging System (NVIS) lighting for Airbus Helicopters AS332 L/L1 Super Pumas with the certification of the first helicopter, an AS332 L1 operated by the Icelandic Coast Guard, ordered by MRO… Read more »

Source: Airlift, 23-May-14

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ILA 2014 – Tiger UHT and CH-53GA rack up flight hours

ILA 2014 – Tiger UHT and CH-53GA rack up flight hours

Airbus Helicopters celebrated two important flight-hour milestones with the German Bundeswehr at ILA Berlin 2014. The German Bundeswehr has attained 10,000 flight hours with its Tiger UHT. As of today, 34 Tiger helicopters have been delivered to the German Armed Forces, 12 of them in ASGARD configuration for deployment in Afghanistan. In a separate ceremony,… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 23-May-14

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Bo105 helicopter fleet passes 8,000,000 flight hours

Bo105 helicopter fleet passes 8,000,000 flight hours

BO105 have been a fixture of helicopter fleets around the globe for over 40 years. They reliably carry out their missions and prove their worth day after day under tough conditions. Collectively, they have now completed a total of 8 million flight hours. “We are proud that the BO105 has reached this unique milestone,” says… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 22-May-14

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ADAC Luftfahrt Technik sign parts-by-the-hour contract for EC145T2 fleet

ADAC Luftfahrt Technik sign parts-by-the-hour contract for EC145T2 fleet

Today, Airbus Helicopters and ADAC Luftfahrt Technik (ALT), the maintenance arm of ADAC Luftrettung, signed a parts-by-the-hour service contract for the air rescue organization’s EC145 T2 fleet. The ten-year service agreement with a volume of some 25 million euros covers a comprehensive range of services for the new aircraft. The package for 14 new EC145… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 22-May-14

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Airbus Helicopters and Kazakhstan: A mission-oriented partnership to promote at KADEX 2014

Airbus Helicopters and Kazakhstan: A mission-oriented partnership to promote at KADEX 2014

Bringing mission-ready rotorcraft to Kazakhstan and building a long-term relationship with the country are to be highlighted in Airbus Helicopters’ participation at this month’s KADEX 2014 defense exposition. Included in the KADEX 2014 aircraft displays at Astana International Airport will be two Airbus Helicopters EC145s supplied to Kazakhstan – one operated by the Ministry of… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 22-May-14

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ILA 2014: German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits Airbus Helicopters

ILA 2014: German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits Airbus Helicopters

German Chancellor Angela Merkel toured the EC145 T2 with Airbus Helicopters CEO Guillaume Faury on the opening day of ILA Berlin 2014 during the German leader’s visit to the Airbus Group booth. The EC145 T2 is Airbus Helicopters’ latest twin-engine helicopter, assembled at the company’s Donauwörth site in Germany. Moving on with her visit, Chancellor… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 21-May-14

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Airbus Helicopters introduces more personalization to Hermès designed EC135

Airbus Helicopters introduces more personalization to Hermès designed EC135

Airbus Helicopters – the rotorcraft market leader in business and private aviation – is bringing a EC135 T2e l’Hélicoptère par Hermès, in new colors, to Geneva, Switzerland as part of the company’s participation at the 2014 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE). At the airshow, Airbus Helicopters is showcasing opportunities for additional personalization to… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 21-May-14

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21-May-14 Eurocopter EC225 Aberdeen, UK

Emergency landing

21-May-14

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21-May-14 C-GLHZ Eurocopter AS350B3 Conklin, Canada

The helicopter was performing some sling operations and the load became unstable which caused the loss of control. CADORS 2014C1821

21-May-14

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Trakka A800 searchlights qualified for Airbus Helicopters

Trakka A800 searchlights qualified for Airbus Helicopters

Trakkacorp Pty Ltd is pleased to confirm that the Company has achieved approval from Airbus Helicopters Germany for the Serial Production Qualification of the Trakka A800 Helicopter Searchlight. Extensive testing, qualification and close collaboration between Trakka and Airbus Helicopters’ engineering teams has taken place over the last three years to ensure that the Trakka Searchlight… Read more »

Source: Trakka, 20-May-14

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Bolivian Air Force takes delivery of first AS332C1e

Bolivian Air Force takes delivery of first AS332C1e

Last week, Airbus Helicopters held a delivery ceremony at their Marignane plant in southern France to hand over the first of six AS332C1e helicopters to Bolivia. Defense Minister Ruben Saavedra was on hand to receive the helicopter, as you can see in the official military press photo! The helicotper should arrive in-country in July, with… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-May-14

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Airbus Helicopters to host Fort Worth safety symposium

Airbus Helicopters to host Fort Worth safety symposium

Airbus Helicopters Inc. (AHI) is hosting a U.S. Customer Safety Symposium dedicated to highlighting top safety issues in the industry and allowing customers to share their ideas and solutions. The two-day conference begins today at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Fort Worth, Texas. AHI leadership, customers and industry experts will discuss helicopter safety, including safety… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 19-May-14

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19-May-14 RA-07232 Eurocopter EC120B Lepsari, Russia (2F)

Crashed into wooded area killing both on board

19-May-14

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North Sea EC175 demo tour this week

North Sea EC175 demo tour this week

The EC175 is Airbus Helicopters’ newest-certified rotorcraft in the 7-metric-ton class. It will demonstrate its outstanding Category A performance and its mission capabilities for the oil and gas sector during a three-nation demonstration tour starting on May 19. In conjunction with the new rotorcraft’s tour of the North Sea, Airbus Helicopters will announce an increase… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 18-May-14

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18-May-14 N840PA Eurocopter AS350B3 Peach Springs, US-Arizona (1F)

After landing, the pilot exited the running helicopter; shortly thereafter the helicopter became airborne without the pilot at the flight controls. The helicopter subsequently impacted the ground and rolled over. The pilot was struck by one or more of the main rotor blades and was fatally injured.

18-May-14

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Glasgow Heliport moves a mile and a half

Glasgow Heliport moves a mile and a half

Plans to move Glasgow Heliport were first aired at least four years ago as the site owners wanted to use the land for a hotel. Ever since its launch, the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre have been supportive of the heliport in one corner of its site alongside the River Clyde, so there was no… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-May-14

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Airbus Helicopters donates vital training aid to BCIT aerospace facility

Airbus Helicopters donates vital training aid to BCIT aerospace facility

Airbus Helicopters’ donation of an AS350 to the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) reflects its strong commitment to aviation and aerospace in Canada. As the leading helicopter manufacturer worldwide, Airbus Helicopters’ donation of the most popular single engine utility aircraft flying in Canada will provide an integral training tool for the next generation of… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters Canada, 16-May-14

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UK – Great North Air Ambulance opens new base at Newcastle Airport

UK – Great North Air Ambulance opens new base at Newcastle Airport

The region’s air ambulance has opened a new base at Newcastle International Airport. The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) will now operate out of Tyne and Wear after a partnership agreement was made with the airport. GNAAS will still hold its main operational headquarters at Durham Tees Valley Airport near Darlington. It also operates… Read more »

Source: Great North Air Ambulance, 16-May-14

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Airbus Helicopters awarded contract for 10 more UH-72A Lakotas

Airbus Helicopters awarded contract for 10 more UH-72A Lakotas

EADS-NA, Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $55,361,816 sole-source modification (P00780) to contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 to procure ten UH-72A Lakota helicopters with ARC-231 radios. Fiscal 2014 other procurement funds in the amount of $55,361,816 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date is June 30, 2015. Work will be performed Columbia, Mississippi. Army Contracting… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 16-May-14

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Airbus Helicopters shows strong presence with latest helicopter generation at ILA 2014

Airbus Helicopters shows strong presence with latest helicopter generation at ILA 2014

Airbus Helicopters’ presence at the ILA Berlin Air Show reflects over four decades of helicopter manufacturing in Germany. Their exhibition features a range of brand-new models such as the EC145 T2 and EC135 T3 aircraft, as well as the NH90 NFH naval helicopter and the legendary BO105. Besides offering visitors an insight into its comprehensive… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 16-May-14

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Airbus delivers 300th UH-72A Lakota on-time and on-budget

Airbus delivers 300th UH-72A Lakota on-time and on-budget

Airbus Group today delivered to the Army the service’s 300th UH-72A Lakota helicopter. Every Lakota has been delivered – on time and on budget – by an American workforce that is more than 50 percent U.S. military veterans. The Lakota is manufactured at the company’s Airbus Helicopters, Inc. facility in Columbus, Miss., where Col. Thomas… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 15-May-14

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Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance first to fly patient to new Bristol helipad

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance first to fly patient to new Bristol helipad

The new £3 million helideck at Bristol Royal Infirmary (BRI) was used for the first time on Friday 9 May by Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance just two days after its official opening. Air ambulances across the region have spent the last few weeks undergoing orientation test flights for the new helideck which is located… Read more »

Source: Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, 14-May-14

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Airbus Helicopters Canada statement on Canadian Coast Guard contract award

Airbus Helicopters Canada statement on Canadian Coast Guard contract award

“Airbus Helicopters Canada deeply regrets that the federal government has moved forward and awarded the Canadian Coast Guard Light-lift Helicopter contract. Our lawsuit against Public Works & Government Services Canada on this tender is currently before the Federal Court and has not been resolved. Airbus Helicopters Canada maintains that the government’s Request for Proposals for… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters Canada, 13-May-14

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UK – New Exeter base for police and air ambulance helicopters

UK – New Exeter base for police and air ambulance helicopters

Devon and Cornwall Police and Devon Air Ambulance Trust have this week relocated helicopter operations to a new shared airbase at Exeter Airport. The two aircraft have been moved from the former site at Police Headquarters, Middlemoor, following the sale of land for development. The helicopters will be housed at a secure location at the… Read more »

Source: D&CC, 13-May-14

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Sweden – Varmland EMS EC145T2 procurement cancelled after Bell appeal

Sweden – Varmland EMS EC145T2 procurement cancelled after Bell appeal

The Court of Appeal has legally canceled Värmland County Council’s decision following a public tender for the procurement of a new EMS helicopter. Värmland County had chosen the new Airbus EC 145 T2 for its very first HEMS station in Karlstad, but a competitor appealed the decision. The Administrative Court approved the county’s procurement, but… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 12-May-14

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Libya approves purchase of four firefighting helicopters

Libya approves purchase of four firefighting helicopters

The Libyan cabinet has approved the Ministry of Interior’s plans to purchase four helicopters for the National Security Authority’s fire-fighting division.  See full story

Source: DefenceWeb, 12-May-14

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Great Western Air Ambulance targets August for EC135 upgrade

Great Western Air Ambulance targets August for EC135 upgrade

The Great Western Air Ambulance Trust (GWAA) has confirmed to HeliHub.com that they expect to upgrade from their current Bo105 helicopter to an Airbus Helicopters EC135 this summer, with the target of the third week of August. GWAA is one of just two UK air ambulance operators in the UK flying the Bo105, with Scotland’s… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-May-14

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Airbus Helicopters Inc awarded $25M for UH-72A logistics support

Airbus Helicopters Inc awarded $25M for UH-72A logistics support

EADS North America, Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $25,474,389 modification (P00787) to contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 to increase funds and exercise an option for contractor logistics support on the Lakota Utility Helicopter (UH-72A). Work will be performed in Columbia, Mississippi, with an estimated completion date of Nov. 30, 2015. Fiscal 2014 operations and maintenance Army funds in… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 08-May-14

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REACH Air Medical Services Adds 7th EC135 at Marysville/Yuba base

REACH Air Medical Services Adds 7th EC135 at Marysville/Yuba base

In an ongoing program to modernize and upgrade its fleet of emergency air medical helicopters and airplanes, REACH Air Medical Services has taken delivery of a new Eurocopter EC135 model helicopter. This new aircraft is based at REACH’s Marysville/Yuba, CA base, known as REACH 7. The aircraft will be the seventh EC135 for REACH, bringing… Read more »

Source: REACH, 07-May-14

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Ivory Coast – IAS becomes first Airbus maintenance centre in Western and Central Africa

Ivory Coast – IAS becomes first Airbus maintenance centre in Western and Central Africa

Firmly committed to the development of services situated in proximity to its operators, Airbus Helicopters today announced that it has certified the Abidjan maintenance center operated by International Aircraft Services (IAS), the largest civil helicopter operator in Western and Central Africa. Equipped with all the necessary operational resources, the center will service the AS365 and… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 07-May-14

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L-3 Wescam delivers 100th MX-15i turret for National Guard UH-72A Lakota fleet

L-3 Wescam delivers 100th MX-15i turret for National Guard UH-72A Lakota fleet

L‐3 WESCAM announced today that it has now delivered 100 MX™-15 electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) imaging turrets in support of the U.S. Army National Guard’s UH-72A Security and Support Mission Equipment Package (S&S MEP). L-3 WESCAM was awarded the contract for this program in 2009 as a subcontractor to Airbus Helicopters, Inc. The first system was delivered… Read more »

Source: L-3 Wescam, 07-May-14

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Big increase in spring/summer bookings at Grand Canyon Helicopters

Big increase in spring/summer bookings at Grand Canyon Helicopters

Grand Canyon Helicopters, a Las Vegas-based provider of National Park tour and travel information, is reporting a significant spike in spring tour bookings and is expecting that to increase as summer approaches. “Spring travel to the Grand Canyon is really taking off,” said Keith Kravitz, owner of Grand Canyon Helicopters. “Every kind of trip is… Read more »

Source: Grand Canyon Helicopters, 06-May-14

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Angola SonAir takes delivery of EC225

Angola SonAir takes delivery of EC225

Airbus Helicopters’ EC225 presence in the African oil and gas heli-lift market will expand following delivery of an additional workhorse rotorcraft to SonAir, which is to deploy this long-range helicopter on operations in Angola. A handover ceremony today in Marignane, France marked the EC225’s delivery, with this latest aircraft joining SonAir’s Airbus Helicopters-built fleet of… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 06-May-14

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