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Pegaso returns to the H175 with new order

Pegaso returns to the H175 with new order

Mexican Oil&Gas operator Transportes Aéreos Pegaso has signed for an additional H175, bringing to four the number of orders it has placed for this super-medium. Delivered in the summer of 2016, the first aircraft has been performing crew change missions for geo-seismic vessels. A second H175 will be delivered in the spring of 2018 to… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 05-Mar-18

FAA certifies Airbus H135 with Helionix avionics suite

FAA certifies Airbus H135 with Helionix avionics suite

Airbus Helicopters’ light-twin helicopter H135 has received the type certificate by the Federal Aviation Administration for its new Helionix cockpit. The avionics system designed by Airbus Helicopters offers operators increased mission flexibility and safety. Helionix is a family concept with standardised features and is available on the H175, H145 and soon on the H160. The… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 05-Mar-18

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Helionix fleet hits 100,000 flight-hour milestone

Helionix fleet hits 100,000 flight-hour milestone

Airbus’ fleet of helicopters equipped with the Helionix avionics system have surpassed the symbolic milestone of 100.000 flight hours, just three years after customer operations started. Initially in service with the H145 and H175, this digital avionics suite was later certified in the H135 and in the future will equip the H160 as well as… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 05-Mar-18

Boston Medflight to upgrade EC145s and BK117 to three H145s

Boston Medflight to upgrade EC145s and BK117 to three H145s

Boston MedFlight, a nonprofit organization that provides critical care air medical transport for Boston-area and other Eastern Massachusetts hospitals, has ordered three new versatile Airbus H145 helicopters as part of a comprehensive plan to upgrade its fleet with more modern and more capable aircraft. “The H145 platform suits our needs because of its versatility, safety,… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 04-Mar-18

Babcock to operate the first fleet of H160s

Babcock to operate the first fleet of H160s

Babcock is set to become the global launch customer for the H160 after signing a five year frame agreement for the purchase of a fleet of H160s. The fleet of H160s is destined for EMS and other critical services missions starting in Europe and to be deployed progressively across Babcock’s bases worldwide. “The H160 was… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 04-Mar-18

Heliflite China appointed Airbus distributor with order for 10 helicopters

Heliflite China appointed Airbus distributor with order for 10 helicopters

Airbus Helicopters has signed with Heliflite China for an order of seven H125 and three H130 aircraft. The company, based in Xian, China, has also been accredited as an official Airbus Helicopters distributor in the region, supporting Airbus’ growth in this rapidly developing market. The light helicopters will be used for utility and helicopter emergency… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 04-Mar-18

Astronautics achieves hardware milestone

Astronautics achieves hardware milestone

Astronautics Corporation of America recently began testing the first engineering units of its new air-ground communications system (AGCS). AGCS is a secure connectivity solution that Astronautics is providing to Airbus Helicopters. Astronautics’ AGCS will provide: Secure protection of critical avionics from non-authorized access through implementation of a modern cybersecurity framework Wireless access to operational and… Read more »

Source: Astronautics Corporation, 04-Mar-18

HTM orders 4 new H125s

HTM orders 4 new H125s

Airbus Helicopters and Helicopter Travel Munich (HTM) have signed an agreement at Heli-Expo for the purchase of four H125s, completing a fleet of 25 Airbus helicopters. “We have selected the H125 for its superior performance especially in mountainous areas and hot climates” said Hans Ostler, CEO of HTM. “We are excited to put this helicopter… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 03-Mar-18

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Airbus Helicopters announces more sales in Japan

Airbus Helicopters announces more sales in Japan

Airbus Helicopters has secured new contracts for three helicopters from Japanese operators, following its successful start to the New Year with recent contract announcements for one new H135 and an AS365 N3+.  With this new stream of orders, Airbus Helicopters has received orders for a total of five helicopters in the first quarter of 2018,… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 01-Mar-18

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Training Begins with FlightSafety’s New Airbus Simulator

Training Begins with FlightSafety’s New Airbus Simulator

FlightSafety International announces that training has begun using  the new Airbus Helicopters EC130T2 full flight simulator located at its Learning Center in Denver, Colorado. The Center is also equipped with Level D qualified simulators for the Bell 407GXP, Airbus Helicopters AS350 B3 and EC135. “We are pleased with the response to our Level D qualified… Read more »

Source: FlightSafety, 01-Mar-18

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Metro Aviation places order for 25 Airbus EC145e

Metro Aviation places order for 25 Airbus EC145e

Airbus Helicopters Inc. announced Tuesday that Metro Aviation Inc. had ordered an unprecedented 25 EC145e helicopters that it will place into service providing air medical transport and other aerial services. It is one of the larger commercial helicopter orders ever booked by the U.S. based company. Metro was the first customer in the world for… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 28-Feb-18

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Aneto selected to power Airbus Helicopters Racer high-speed demonstrator

Aneto selected to power Airbus Helicopters Racer high-speed demonstrator

Airbus Helicopters has selected Safran’s new Aneto engine to power its Racer (Rapid and Cost-Efficient Rotorcraft) high-speed demonstrator. Twin Aneto-1X engines will contribute significantly to the new rotorcraft’s cruise speed performance of up to 400 kph. Unveiled in June 2017 at the Paris Airshow, Racer is a technology demonstrator funded by the European Commission’s H2020… Read more »

Source: Safran, 28-Feb-18

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LCI expands CHC partnership with second H175

LCI expands CHC partnership with second H175

Lease Corporation International (LCI), the aviation division of the Libra Group, has today announced that it is expanding its partnership with CHC through the placement of a second Airbus Helicopters H175 aircraft with the operator. The helicopter is due to enter service in December 2018 and will be supporting CHC’s operations in the UK. This… Read more »

Source: LCI, 28-Feb-18

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BLR Aerospace Announces First H125 FastFin System Factory Installation

BLR Aerospace Announces First H125 FastFin System Factory Installation

BLR Aerospace today announced that the first factory installation of an Airbus Helicopters H125 FastFin® System has been completed and the aircraft will be delivered in June to Heli-Austria. The company also announced that 25 Airbus Helicopters Customer Centers worldwide have been authorized to sell and install the FastFin System. Heli-Austria is a long-time FastFin… Read more »

Source: BLR Aerospace, 27-Feb-18

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Edmonton Police Service Takes Delivery of Airbus H125

Edmonton Police Service Takes Delivery of Airbus H125

Edmonton Police Service (EPS) has taken delivery of their third Airbus helicopter, an H125, which will allow for greater in-air coverage and policing of the growing city of Edmonton.  When combined with other policing resources, the H125 will add increased operational efficiency, fitting the ever expanding role of EPS. “With the continued growth of the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 26-Feb-18

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Airbus H160 arrives in US for Heli-Expo and sales tour

Airbus H160 arrives in US for Heli-Expo and sales tour

The H160 prototype has landed in Las Vegas and will be headlining Airbus Helicopters’ presence for the first time ever at an international airshow at this year’s Heli-Expo from 27 Feb – 1 March at the Las Vegas convention centre.  Showgoers will be able see for themselves the #H160ReasonsWhy the H160 is raising the bar… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 22-Feb-18

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Liebherr contracting for Airbus H160 heating valves

Liebherr contracting for Airbus H160 heating valves

Liebherr-Aerospace Toulouse SAS, Toulouse (France) has been selected by Airbus Helicopters to supply the heating valves for its H160 helicopter program. Liebherr-Aerospace will not only develop, qualify and manu-facture the environmental control system components, but the company will also service them. Liebherr will supply two valves of the heating system that will be installed in… Read more »

Source: Liebherr, 19-Feb-18

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Airbus Helicopters name new CEO

Airbus Helicopters name new CEO

Airbus SE (stock exchange symbol: AIR) has appointed Bruno Even, 49, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Airbus Helicopters, effective 1 April 2018. He will report to Airbus CEO Tom Enders and join the company’s Executive Committee. Bruno Even comes to Airbus from Safran where he was CEO of the Helicopter Engines business since 2015. He… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 19-Feb-18

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Voom helicopter booking platform joins Airbus

Voom helicopter booking platform joins Airbus

Voom, the world’s premier on-demand helicopter booking platform, is now joining Airbus Helicopters as part of the company’s strategy to provide new urban mobility solutions for commuters. Initially incubated in A^3, Airbus’ Silicon Valley outpost, Voom launched commercial operations in April 2017 in Sao Paulo, flying thousands of passengers over the last ten months, and… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 13-Feb-18

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Airbus starts 2018 with orders and deliveries in Japan

Airbus starts 2018 with orders and deliveries in Japan

Airbus Helicopters’ business in Japan gains traction with two new orders and two new deliveries at the start of the year, reaffirming the company’s strong presence in the country. Currently leading the Japanese civil and parapublic helicopter market with more than 50% market share, Airbus Helicopters plans to increase its position in tandem with the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 09-Feb-18

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Airbus and Thai Aviation Industries sign Thai military support contract

Airbus and Thai Aviation Industries sign Thai military support contract

Airbus Helicopters and Thai Aviation Industries (TAI) have signed an agreement to support all Airbus’ military and law enforcement helicopters in Thailand, over two years. Under this agreement, TAI will become the main Airbus Helicopters’ service provider in Thailand for the Royal Thai Armed Forces and Royal Thai Police. Airbus Helicopters’ signature HCare suite of… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 09-Feb-18

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EASA issues single Production Organisation Approval to Airbus

EASA issues single Production Organisation Approval to Airbus

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Airbus Helicopters have just implemented a new single Production Organisation Approval (POA). This replaces previous national approvals from France, Germany and Spain by a single, integrated framework allowing for simplified industrial exchanges between Airbus Helicopters’ manufacturing facilities and supporting the company’s industrial strategy of site specialisation across Europe…. Read more »

Source: EASA, 06-Feb-18

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H145M successfully launched 70mm Laser Guided Rockets

H145M successfully launched 70mm Laser Guided Rockets

The successful capability enhancement for the H145M continues. In the first weeks of December 2017, Airbus Helicopters demonstrated the ability to fire laser guided rockets (FZ275 LGR from Thales) with its new H145M platform at the Älvdalen test range of the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration Flight test Centre. In a rough and challenging environment the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 05-Feb-18

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ATP improves torquing method for Airbus EC145

ATP improves torquing method for Airbus EC145

Advanced Torque Products (ATP) of Newington, CT has been working hard with Airbus to improve the torquing method of the mast nut on the EC145. And they’re excited to announce this custom tooling kit is now available to anyone working on the EC145 mast nut. This tooling was developed working directly with maintenance professionals in… Read more »

Source: Advanced Torque Products, 02-Feb-18

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Airbus take H130 and H135 to Singapore Airshow

Airbus take H130 and H135 to Singapore Airshow

Airbus will be the largest international exhibitor at the upcoming Singapore Airshow, showcasing a selection of its latest products, services and innovations in the commercial aircraft, defence, space and helicopter markets. The show takes place at the Changi Exhibition Centre in Singapore, 6-11 February. The highlight at the static display will be the new long-range… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 02-Feb-18

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Airbus delivers 1300th helicopter from the H135 family

Airbus delivers 1300th helicopter from the H135 family

Airbus Helicopters delivered the 1300th helicopter from the H135-family, a number underlining the multipurpose lightweight twin-engine helicopter’s worldwide success. The global fleet of this type has accumulated a total of more than 4.5 million flight hours since the entry into service of the first helicopter in 1996. More than 300 customers in 60 countries use… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 30-Jan-18

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Airbus reports on 2017 orders and deliveries

Airbus reports on 2017 orders and deliveries

Airbus Helicopters delivered 409 rotorcraft and logged gross orders for 350 helicopters (net: 335) in 2017, with a strong commercial performance on the heavy and super-medium segments. The company booked 54 orders for helicopters of the Super Puma family and 19 orders for the super-medium H175, confirming those types as best-sellers on their respective market… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 23-Jan-18

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Airbus appoints new Chairman and CEO in China

Airbus appoints new Chairman and CEO in China

Eric Chen, previously President of Airbus Commercial Aircraft China, succeeds Laurence Barron as Chairman of Airbus China. Simultaneously, George Xu has been appointed CEO of Airbus China. In his role as country head of Airbus China, Xu is responsible for all Airbus commercial aircraft activities and for leading the company’s helicopter, defence and space businesses… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 16-Jan-18

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French military awards UAV helicopter development contract to Airbus and Naval Group

French military awards UAV helicopter development contract to Airbus and Naval Group

 The DGA (Direction Générale de l’Armement) has just awarded a contract for technology development in the field of rotary-wing drones to the Naval Group and Airbus Helicopters consortium. The contract covers de-risking studies ahead of construction of a future tactical helicopter drone demonstrator aboard warships. The demonstration project will lead to trials of the drone… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 15-Jan-18

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Wiking commences UK windfarm operations with H145

Wiking commences UK windfarm operations with H145

Turkish-owned German-based operator Wiking Helikopter Service has started its wind farm support contract in the UK.  Airbus H145 D-HOAE has been ferried from Emden in Germany across the North Sea to Norwich on 7th January.  Later the same day it positioned to its new base at Great Oakley Airfield, near Harwich. Wiking Helikopter Service will… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Jan-18

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Heliports of Russia to add two H130s

Heliports of Russia to add two H130s

The operational arm of Heliports of Russia has ordered two H130 helicopters from Airbus for 2018 delivery.  The company’s short press release states that the aircraft will help “expand the list of services provided and increase the market share” of the company Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Jan-18

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Airbus H145 enters the Japanese market

Airbus H145 enters the Japanese market

Airbus Helicopters Japan (AHJ) has successfully handed over the first H145//BK117D-2 to Hiratagakuen, at a delivery ceremony held in AHJ Kobe facility today. The aircraft will enter into service for the emergency medical service (EMS) operations in Nagasaki prefecture in June 2018. This new delivery reinforces the partnership between Hiratagakuen and AHJ. Hiratagakuen signed the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 05-Jan-18

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Airbus delivers H125 to TransCanada PipeLines Limited

Airbus delivers H125 to TransCanada PipeLines Limited

Airbus has delivered an H125 to TransCanada PipeLines Limited. The aircraft will be based out of Toronto, ON and will be the second H125 to join TransCanada PipeLines’ fleet. With one of North Americas largest infrastructure portfolios, TransCanada has built and maintains a 91,500 km network of natural gas pipelines, which supplies more than 25… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 05-Jan-18

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UTair orders four Airbus H125 helicopters

UTair orders four Airbus H125 helicopters

UTair Helicopters has recently ordered four H125 helicopters from Airbus Helicopters, states a local press source quoting commercial director Oleg Semenov.  The first will be delivered in April/May 2018 with all four arriving by mid-summer.  They will replace four Robinson R44s which are no longer being used operationally, but are leased out by UTair to other… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Jan-18

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Airbus appeals Travis County AW169 choice

Airbus appeals Travis County AW169 choice

Airbus has challenged Travis County’s decision to go with three of AgustaWestland’s AW169 helicopters to replace their EMS fleet. Airbus argues that the winning bid for the $34 million contract was a poor decision as it was more expensive than their offer. They also argue that the filtration systems for the engines and the cabin… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Jan-18

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Airbus extends UK Puma Mk.2 support

Airbus extends UK Puma Mk.2 support

Airbus Helicopters and the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) have signed a Follow-on Support Arrangement contract to provide support to the Royal Air Force Puma 2 fleet over the planned service life of the aircraft.  The contract, worth an initial £100 million, is the first of two pricing periods which will see Airbus Helicopters provide… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 03-Jan-18

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Airbus delivers first Tiger HAD retrofit to the French Army Aviation

Airbus delivers first Tiger HAD retrofit to the French Army Aviation

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first Tiger retrofitted into the HAD version to the French Army Aviation, after having previously completed its formal acceptance process with the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA). This retrofit from the HAP to the HAD version involves performing over 100 airframe modifications and installing over 1500 new parts and 250… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 03-Jan-18

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CityAirbus reaches next milestone

CityAirbus reaches next milestone

The CityAirbus programme has reached another important milestone: the completion and “power on” of the “iron bird” ground test facility in Taufkirchen, Germany. This enables the verification of the entire electric propulsion system of CityAirbus, developed by Airbus’ E-Aircraft Systems unit. The first full electric propulsion test bench has the capability to operate the propulsion… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 20-Dec-17

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CHC receives second H175 via LCI lease

CHC receives second H175 via LCI lease

Lease Corporation International (LCI), the aviation division of the Libra Group, has taken delivery of its first Airbus Helicopters H175 aircraft and placed it on lease with CHC. The aircraft will be based out of Aberdeen, Scotland, supporting oil and gas production activities in the North Sea. Crispin Maunder, Executive Chairman of LCI, says: “This… Read more »

Source: LCI, 18-Dec-17

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Airbus fly image processing system on H225 testbed

Airbus fly image processing system on H225 testbed

Airbus Helicopters has gone a step further in the experimentation of its Project Eagle, with the in-flight validation of the innovative on-board image processing system. Performed on an H225 flying testbed, the trials have demonstrated the system’s ability to select a small ground “target” from ranges of up to 2 miles and to automatically track… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 15-Dec-17

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HAI announces Airbus Golden Hour Award winner

HAI announces Airbus Golden Hour Award winner

Helicopter Association International (HAI) announced today that Jonathan “JR” Roebuck, remote access project manager for Lifeflight of Maine and MedComm, is the 2018 winner of HAI’s Salute to Excellence Airbus Helicopters Golden Hour Award. The award will be presented at HAI’s Salute to Excellence Awards Dinner at HAI HELI-EXPO 2018 in Las Vegas. Roebuck is… Read more »

Source: HAI, 15-Dec-17

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Airbus open new Le Bourget facility, including rotor blade production line

Airbus open new Le Bourget facility, including rotor blade production line

On 1 December 2017, Airbus Helicopters celebrated the inauguration of its Paris-Le Bourget site, where  helicopter blades are now being produced for the Airbus range. The blade-specific specialisation is part of the manufacturer’s industrial strategy. Covering an area of 18 hectares and with a total investment of more than 100 M€, the new Paris-Le Bourget… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 15-Dec-17

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Airbus Helicopters CEO to move to Commercial Aircraft division

Airbus Helicopters CEO to move to Commercial Aircraft division

The Board of Directors of Airbus SE (stock exchange symbol: AIR) has decided on a series of Executive changes that ensure an orderly succession in the Executive leadership of Airbus. Tom Enders (59) has advised the Board that he does not wish to seek another term as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) beyond his current mandate… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 15-Dec-17

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Airbus promotes carbon content in colour scheme of third H160 prototype

Airbus promotes carbon content in colour scheme of third H160 prototype

The third H160 prototype has received a fresh coat of paint and now features a striking “carbon” livery designed as a nod to the Airbus A350 XWB MSN2 flight-test aircraft. Both aircraft are produced using advanced composite materials supplied by Airbus’ long term partner, Hexcel. The H160 is the first civil helicopter equipped with a… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 14-Dec-17

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Airbus adds four helicopters to Philippines fleet

Airbus adds four helicopters to Philippines fleet

Airbus Helicopters celebrated the on-schedule delivery of four new helicopters to its Philippine customers, through its regional delivery and completion centre in Singapore recently. Three helicopters will join PhilJets’ growing fleet, including the first H145 for the leading boutique business aviation operator, while a new H155 will be operated by a healthcare provider. Together with… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 13-Dec-17

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Airbus completes Mexican Navy AS565MBe deliveries

Airbus completes Mexican Navy AS565MBe deliveries

The Mexican Navy has received its final two AS565 MBe Panther helicopters during a delivery ceremony at Airbus Helicopters in Marignane. With their order for ten units in 2014, the Mexican Navy became the launch customer of this new version. The first four helicopters were delivered in 2016 and the remaining six during the course… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 11-Dec-17

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HeliHub prediction comes true – Robinson R66 kills off Airbus H120

HeliHub prediction comes true – Robinson R66 kills off Airbus H120

Airbus has finally conceded defeat on the H120 (née EC120) and confirmed that the production line has been closed after delivering exactly 700 units.  The Robinson R66 Turbine is the reason, and it is a trend HeliHub.com has identified and predicted for many years and written about – check out these stories in particular Clubhouse talk… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Dec-17

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Two SAR H225s ordered by National 119 Rescue in Korea

Two SAR H225s ordered by National 119 Rescue in Korea

Airbus Helicopters has been awarded a contract from South Korea’s National 119 Rescue Headquarters for the purchase of two additional H225 helicopters. The National 119 Rescue Headquarters currently operates an all-Airbus helicopter fleet comprising two AS365 N2 and two H225. This new purchase will bring the fleet of the country’s primary provider of firefighting and… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 05-Dec-17

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Anti-corruption questions over Airbus EC145 sale to Kazakhstan

Anti-corruption questions over Airbus EC145 sale to Kazakhstan

The French anti-corruption office has launched an investigation into the sale of 45 French military EC145 helicopters to Kazakhstan. They are trying to determine whether the signing of the contract enabled illegal commissions to intermediaries, reports Expansión.  

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Dec-17

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Airbus celebrates 10 years of Spanish plant in Albacete

Airbus celebrates 10 years of Spanish plant in Albacete

Airbus Helicopters celebrated the tenth anniversary of its Albacete factory, underlining the essential role that the Spanish plant will play as part of the company’s new industrial strategy. The same day, a ceremony was presided in Albacete by the Spanish Minister of Defense, Maria Dolores de Cospedal, who took the opportunity to sign the handover… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 30-Nov-17

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2nd NH90 Sea Lion prototype completes maiden flight

2nd NH90 Sea Lion prototype completes maiden flight

The second prototype of the NH90 Sea Lion commissioned by the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr) lifted off from the Donauwörth site for its maiden flight on 24 November 2017. Airbus Helicopters is now entering a development testing phase of several months… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 30-Nov-17

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Era Helicopters writes off $117M from EC225 fleet

Era Helicopters writes off $117M from EC225 fleet

In the recent Q3 earnings call with financial analysts, Era Helicopters President and CEO Chris Bradshaw provided the following commentary as part of his introduction:- “The next topic is an update on the status of H225 and AS332 L2 model helicopters following the fatal accidents off the coast of Norway in April 2016, and resultant… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Nov-17

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Falcon Aviation commits to more H160s

Falcon Aviation commits to more H160s

Falcon Aviation and Airbus Helicopters have signed a new MoU at the Dubai airshow expanding their commitment to the H160 adding three additional helicopters to the original Letter Of Intent (LOI) signed in May 2016. “We took the decision to increase our request following a flight demonstration where we got the opportunity to test the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 20-Nov-17

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150th H145 delivered to HTM

150th H145 delivered to HTM

Helicopter Travel Munich (HTM) recently took delivery of the 150th H145 built in Donauwörth. The German operator, whose fleet of aircraft also includes H125s and H135s, will use the H145 from January for offshore deployments over the North Sea. Prior to its entry into service at its base in Emden, the customer will fit the… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 16-Nov-17

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ASU Obtains NVIS Transport Canada STC on AS350

ASU Obtains NVIS Transport Canada STC on AS350

Aviation Specialties Unlimited, (ASU) received notice from Transport Canada that they have received a supplemental type certificate (STC) on the Airbus AS350. ASU modified the AS350 for HNZ Topflight.  The modification was ASU’s 208th on this airframe globally. “HNZ Topflight provides advanced helicopter training that supports their company operations across Canada as well as military,… Read more »

Source: ASU, 15-Nov-17

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FB Heliservices begin DHFS AS350 fleet disposal

FB Heliservices begin DHFS AS350 fleet disposal

FB Heliservices “FBH”, the Cobham Group company managing the Defence Helicopter Flying School (DHFS) in the UK, has started the process of disposing of its fleet ahead of the end of the contract end in March 2018.  From 1st April 2018, a new helicopter contract begins under the new acronym of MFTS Military Flying Training… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Nov-17

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Airbus take mockup and VR helicopters to Dubai Airshow

Airbus take mockup and VR helicopters to Dubai Airshow

At the Dubai Airshow, which runs from 12th to 16th November 2017, Airbus will showcase its wide range of innovative technologies, products and services, from market-leading commercial and military aircraft to helicopters and space systems. The Airshow, which was launched in 1986, represents one of the largest and most important aerospace events in the world. The Dubai… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 14-Nov-17

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Airbus completes first firing campaign with H145M

Airbus completes first firing campaign with H145M

Airbus Helicopters has recently completed a ballistic development test of an HForce weapon system on a H145M on Pápa Airbase in Hungary. The tested system included guns (FN Herstal HMP400), unguided rockets (Thales FZ231) and cannons (Nexter NC621) as well as an electro-optical targeting system by Wescam (MX15) and a helmet mounted sight display by… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 13-Nov-17

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Airbus Helicopters Canada presents Safety Award

Airbus Helicopters Canada presents Safety Award

Peter Murray, Founder and Operations Manager of Talon Helicopters has been awarded Airbus Helicopters Canada’s 2017 ‘Innovation in Safety Award’. Mr. Murray is being honoured for his longstanding commitment to safety, for activities in the SAR community including; rescues, training and dedication to safe longline SAR operations, where Talon has continually worked to enhance the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 13-Nov-17

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UTair signs five year H125 support deal

UTair signs five year H125 support deal

UTair has joined with Airbus in a five year contract where Airbus will provide support services such as spare part supplies, fleet maintenance and training. The deal covers UTair’s three H125 helicopters, reports Money Control.

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Nov-17

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NH90 joins the digital marketplace

NH90 joins the digital marketplace

Earlier this year, Swedish and Finnish customers of the NH90 began ordering used and new spare parts from Airbus’ MyNH90 internet portal, a move that represented another sign of the manufacturer’s digital push. Some 330 NH90 helicopters – Airbus’ and NHIndustries’ military multi-role helicopter – are in operation across the globe, accumulating more than 150,000… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 09-Nov-17

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Airbus appoints new US boss

Airbus appoints new US boss

Aerospace industry veteran, C. Jeffrey Knittel, formerly both Chief Executive of C2 Aviation Capital and President of CIT Transportation Finance, will join Airbus early next year, taking the reins of the company’s business in the Americas. Mr. Knittel, who brings more than 25 years of global aerospace leadership experience to the position, will join the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 08-Nov-17

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Romania to buy unspecified number of Airbus H215Ms

Romania to buy unspecified number of Airbus H215Ms

Romania will be purchasing an unknown amount of H215s from Airbus. They have signed an agreement where the helicopters, which will be used for the Defence Ministry, will be produced in Romania’s IAR Brasov plant, reports Romania Insider.

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Nov-17

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08-Nov-17 JA9672 Airbus AS332L Ueno, Japan (4F)

Helicopter crashed and burnt out on a road bridge.  Scene photo shows part of tail on river bank below bridge.  All four POB received fatal injuries.  Local power cuts indicate a wire strike but unclear if that was cause of accident or result of the flight altitude at the time

08-Nov-17

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Airbus Completes Sale of Vector Aerospace to StandardAero

Airbus Completes Sale of Vector Aerospace to StandardAero

StandardAero Aviation Holdings, Inc. (“StandardAero”) and Airbus SE (“Airbus”) today announced that they have finalized the acquisition by StandardAero of Vector Aerospace Holding SAS (“Vector”) from Airbus. Vector is a global aerospace maintenance, repair and overhaul company, providing responsive, quality support for turbine engines, components, fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft.  A truly international company, it generated… Read more »

Source: StandardAero, 05-Nov-17

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Royal Thai Army Lakota enter service

Royal Thai Army Lakota enter service

In 2014, the Royal Thai Army acquired six UH-72A Lakota helicopters from Airbus Group through the US’s foreign military sales programme. After receiving training and in-country support, the Lakotas’ first two years in operation have gone smoothly, an example of hard work and dedicated personnel. The Royal Thai Army (RTA) is Thailand’s largest military branch…. Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 01-Nov-17

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Airbus receives EASA Certification for Rig’N Fly for the H175

Airbus receives EASA Certification for Rig’N Fly for the H175

Airbus Helicopters has received EASA certification for the Rig’N Fly (Rig Integrated GPS approaches with eNhanced Flyability and safetY) for its H175 super medium helicopter. Already certified for the H225, this avionics upgrade enhances the H175’s offshore mission capability providing fully automatic rig approaches. The automated mode also reinforces flight safety by allowing the crew… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 01-Nov-17

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Rotortrade initiates RTS of 3 H255s

Rotortrade initiates RTS of 3 H255s

Rotortrade Services, an international helicopter distributor and exclusive global distributor of Leonardo’s pre-owned helicopters, is glad to announce it has initiated return to service (RTS) activity on three Airbus H225 helicopters currently being maintained by Vector Aerospace. Rotortrade was mandated earlier this year by a group of lenders to manage the repossession, maintenance and sale of several… Read more »

Source: Rotortrade Services, 31-Oct-17

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Airbus Helicopters proudly supports AAMS Community Award Winners

Airbus Helicopters proudly supports AAMS Community Award Winners

Presented annually at the Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC), the AAMS Community Awards recognize excellence and leadership in the emergency medical services (EMS) transport community. Airbus Helicopters Inc. continues to be a proud supporter of the awards. “We believe it is important to recognize the EMS transport operators for their considerable contribution to our society…. Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 20-Oct-17

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Airbus shows H130 and EC145 at AMTC 2017

Airbus shows H130 and EC145 at AMTC 2017

Airbus Helicopters, the market segment leader in emergency medical services (EMS) rotorcraft, is showcasing the H130 and EC145, member of the H145 family, at the Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) this week in Fort Worth, Texas. “We have both the EMS market-leading single-engine and twin-engine aircraft on display to illustrate to customers the multitude of… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 20-Oct-17

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Fleet Keeper gets CAAP approval

Fleet Keeper gets CAAP approval

Airbus Helicopters has successfully obtained Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines’ (CAAP) acceptance for the deployment of its Fleet Keeper® application in the country. Following a successful introduction in Europe, Philippines is the second country in Southeast Asia, after Singapore, to accept the use of electronic technical logbooks for its helicopter fleet. After four months… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 20-Oct-17

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3rd H160 prototype joins the flight test campaign

3rd H160 prototype joins the flight test campaign

The third H160 prototype (PT3) performed its maiden flight at the company’s headquarters this afternoon. PT3, with its cabin interior configuration similar to that of a serial aircraft, will contribute to certification activities and flight testing to ensure the aircraft’s level of maturity ahead of entry into service in 2019. “The third prototype incorporates a… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 16-Oct-17

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FAA certifies Able Aerospace to maintain AS350B2 and B3 models

FAA certifies Able Aerospace to maintain AS350B2 and B3 models

Able Aerospace Services Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has been awarded an operations specification by the FAA to complete airframe and Level 1 engine maintenance on the Airbus Helicopters AS350B2/B3 models. The new Operating Specification addition significantly expands the capabilities of the Able Maintenance Center (AMC), established by Able to provide a full… Read more »

Source: Able Aerospace, 16-Oct-17

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NHV H175 fleet reaches 8,500 flights in 3 years

NHV H175 fleet reaches 8,500 flights in 3 years

Airbus Helicopters and NHV celebrate three years since the introduction of the H175 to the North Sea and strengthen their partnership to keep setting standards for offshore transport operations with super medium helicopters. NHV was the global launching customer of this platform, whose first two aircraft entered into service in December 2014. Since then the… Read more »

Source: NHV, 13-Oct-17

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FAA STC Received by LifePort for Lightweight Medical Interior

FAA STC Received by LifePort for Lightweight Medical Interior

LifePort, a Sikorsky company, announced today it has been granted an FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) to equip the Airbus H130 aircraft with a lightweight medical interior. The system addresses current operator needs for a lowweight, functional system that can be reconfigured quickly. System capabilities include:  Modular interior that can be easily reconfigured, modified… Read more »

Source: LifePort, 13-Oct-17

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