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Japanese Coast Guard picks Heli-One for Super Puma G-Check

Japanese Coast Guard picks Heli-One for Super Puma G-Check

Stavanger, Norway – The Japanese Coast Guard(JCG) has selected Heli-One, the world’s largest independent helicopter MRO, to deliver a major overhaul to an AS332L1 aircraft at Heli-One’s facility in Stavanger, Norway. Using a mixed fleet of aircraft, the Japanese Coast Guard delivers border security and search and rescue services on behalf of the Japanese Government…. Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 21-Sep-15

10-Sep-15 HU.27-02 Airbus AS532UL Requena, Spain

Training flight.  Helicopter ended up on its side with main blades and tail boom ripped off.  Three POB all safe with minimal injuries.

10-Sep-15

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22-Jul-15 JA6777 Airbus AS332L1 Akita Prefecture, Japan

Took off from a temporary helipad in Akita prefecture, Japan at about 11:31 Japan Standard Time. While carrying a hut, at an altitude of about 300 ft, three of the doors of the hut were dropped. Each of them was about 5 kg and 180 cm by 90 cm. No one was injured. The helicopter… Read more »

22-Jul-15

North Sea helicopter crash survivors seek £5m payout

North Sea helicopter crash survivors seek £5m payout

SURVIVORS of a North Sea helicopter crash in which four people were killed are seeking compensation of over £5 million. See Full Story

Source: The Scotsman, 16-Jun-15

Kuwait To Buy 24 Airbus Helicopters H225M Caracal

Kuwait To Buy 24 Airbus Helicopters H225M Caracal

Kuwait will buy 24 long-range Airbus Caracal helicopters from France, Elysee Palace said Wednesday, in a deal that was agreed to during talks between the countries’ leaders. See Full Story

Source: Morningstar, 12-Jun-15

Helimax Aviation Expanding Its McClellan Airport Base

Helimax Aviation Expanding Its McClellan Airport Base

In a major move to streamline its operations, Helimax Aviation is expanding its long-time base of operations at McClellan Airport, in Sacramento, with the opening of a renovated 40,000 square foot hangar, expected to be on line by late June or early July of this year. The company, owned by Chris Turner, a Michigan-based entrepreneur,… Read more »

Source: AHSAFA, 04-Jun-15

28-May-15 Airbus EC225 North Sea, UK

Emergency landing at Aberdeen with 19 POB plus 2 crew after alarm sounded – later reported as false

28-May-15

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

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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 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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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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06-Mar-15 JA6741 Airbus AS332L1 Kihokucho, Japan (2F)

Helicopter was engaged in low level powerline work, hit powerline and crashed killing both on board.  Post crash fire.

06-Mar-15

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Aero Asahi Super Puma Gets Swift On-Site Retrofit From Heli-One

Aero Asahi Super Puma Gets Swift On-Site Retrofit From Heli-One

Japan’s national leader in aircraft charter has quickly given new life to its largest-capacity helicopter with upgrades performed promptly, safely and on site by Heli-One. Heli-One is a segment of CHC Helicopter, the operating company of CHC Group (NYSE:HELI). Aero Asahi Corporation (AAC) chose Heli-One, the world’s largest independent provider of helicopter maintenance, repair and… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 03-Mar-15

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Japan Coast Guard receives EC225 for SAR and law enforcement missions

Japan Coast Guard receives EC225 for SAR and law enforcement missions

Airbus Helicopters Japan has delivered an EC225 LP to the Japan Coast Guard (JCG), which was acquired as replacement for an aircraft that was destroyed during the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. This is the last of three EC225s ordered by JCG in July 2011; the earlier two having been delivered last year. With the… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 02-Mar-15

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Airbus Helicopters opens design office in Poland

Airbus Helicopters opens design office in Poland

Building on a decade of cooperation in Poland, Airbus Helicopters today expanded its in-country presence by opening an engineering design office at Łódź, which will employ approximately 100 engineers. This new Airbus Helicopters Polska facility is to be assigned a wide variety of mechanical design activities, with a focus on future breakthrough technologies in such… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 20-Feb-15

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27-Jan-15 PR-BGA Airbus EC225 Campos dos Goytacazes , Brazil

The engine number 2 caught fire as the aircraft was taxying in. Substantial damage restricted to the right hand side engine

27-Jan-15

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27-Dec-14 G-REDV Eurocopter EC225 North Sea, UK

Suspected lightning strike, returned to base.  Reg to be confirmed

27-Dec-14

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17-Dec-14 PR-BGR Eurocopter EC225 Macae, Brazil

While the helicopter was hovering prior to departure from an oil platform, the crew heard a strong noise followed by vibration and instability of the helicopter. The pilot commanded an immediate landing on the deck, with the helicopter touching the floor in an abrupt manner.  17 POB.  Substantially damaged

17-Dec-14

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Airbus delivers second AS332C1e to Bolivian Air Force

Airbus delivers second AS332C1e to Bolivian Air Force

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the 2nd Super Puma AS332 C1e to the Bolivian Air Force (FAB). At the end of 2013, the FAB purchased six of these light-medium helicopters to fight drug trafficking and perform civil security and public service missions throughout the country. The first helicopter was delivered in August of this year and… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 15-Dec-14

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Helibras certifies EC725 configuration with a hydraulic winch

Helibras certifies EC725 configuration with a hydraulic winch

[electronic translation] Helibras certified this year, the possibility of a new configuration for the EC725 in relation to cargo winches. From now on, the configuration is designed to receive two winches, electrical and hydraulic. The company held the instrumentation and flight tests for configuration containing only one hydraulic winch, as requested of the Navy of Brazil. From… Read more »

Source: Helibras, 05-Dec-14

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28-Nov-14 H-3215 Eurocopter AS332L1 Kiwirok, Indonesia

No immediate details of the accident, but some of the 14 POB were injured.  [MSN needs verification]

28-Nov-14

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Helibras delivers fifth EC725 to Brazilian Armed Forces

[electronic translation] The Helibras held this week, the delivery of the fifth helicopter EC725 the Brazilian Army. This is the seventh aircraft that the company delivered to the armed forces this year and is part of the 50 units acquired by the Ministry of Defence, under the H-XBR program , which provides for the absorption… Read more »

27-Nov-14

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Airbus Helicopters hands over Indonesia’s first CSAR EC725

Airbus Helicopters hands over Indonesia’s first CSAR EC725

Airbus Helicopters has handed over the first of six EC725 rotorcraft acquired by Indonesia for combat search and rescue (CSAR) missions. Present at Airbus Helicopters’ Marignane, France facility to accept the aircraft included members of the Indonesian Ministry of Defence, the Indonesian Air Force, as well as PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI). The 11-ton twin-engine helicopter… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 07-Nov-14

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28-Oct-14 Airbus EC225 North Sea, UK

Faulty indicator led to precautionary landing on Forties Charlie platform instead of intended destination at Forties Unity

28-Oct-14

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09-Oct-14 JA6741 Eurocopter AS332L1 Tsumagoi, Japan

5-6kg section of insecure load dropped from 100m during underslung operations

Source: 2413, 09-Oct-14

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Helibrás receives the first offset credits for the EC725

Helibrás receives the first offset credits for the EC725

Helibras received the first recognitions of offset credit by offset of the H-XBR program relating to the absorption of new knowledge and production technologies in Brazil EC725 helicopter. In this new milestone achieved by the company, the two letters issued by COPAC (Coordinating Committee of Combat Aircraft Program) amount to more than € 7.5 million. The company was… Read more »

Source: Helibras, 08-Oct-14

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Airbus Helicopters showcases the EC225 to Myanmar Oil & Gas industry

Airbus Helicopters showcases the EC225 to Myanmar Oil & Gas industry

Airbus Helicopters will be demonstrating the capabilities of its workhorse twin engine EC225 to Myanmar’s rapidly growing oil and gas industry. This will take place at Yangon International Airport this week. With its operational range and payload lift capability, the EC225 is perfectly suited for deep-water research and servicing flights to offshore areas, which are… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 13-Aug-14

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IAR to produce Super Puma components

IAR to produce Super Puma components

The Ministry of Economy and Airbus Helicopters will sign on 4 September an official document through which in IAR Ghimbav will be produced parts for Super Puma helicopters announced the social-democrat deputy (PSD) for Brasov Emil Nita, quoted by the Mediafax correspondent.       See Full Story

Source: ACT Media, 12-Aug-14

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Vector Aerospace adds AS332L1 to its CVR/FDR STC

Vector Aerospace adds AS332L1 to its CVR/FDR STC

Vector Aerospace Corporation (“Vector Aerospace” www.vectoraerospace.com), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce that its subsidiary, Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services-North America (“HS-NA”), one of the world’s leading providers of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services has added the AS332L1 model to its FAA certified CVFDR… Read more »

Source: Vector, 07-Aug-14

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Super Puma co-pilot death preventable, says coroner

Super Puma co-pilot death preventable, says coroner

A helicopter crash which killed its co-pilot and 15 other men could have been prevented, an inquest has found.  See full story

Source: BBC, 28-Jul-14

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CMC Electronics’ Avionics Provide Advanced Mission Capabilities on New Super Pumas

CMC Electronics’ Avionics Provide Advanced Mission Capabilities on New Super Pumas

Esterline CMC Electronics (CMC) is pleased to announce that the latest versions of its CMA-9000 Flight Management System (FMS) and CMA-5024 GPS Landing System have been certified recently by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on the new AS332L1e and AS332C1e Super Puma helicopters from Airbus Helicopters. Esterline CMC’s CMA-9000 FMS and CMA-5024 GPS have… Read more »

Source: Esterline, 16-Jul-14

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Starlite Aviation Group signs new lease on Vector-owned AS332L

Starlite Aviation Group signs new lease on Vector-owned AS332L

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 signing of new leasing and hourly support agreements for Vector-owned AS332L with Starlite Aviation Group. The aircraft is being prepared for immediate deployment for use in Utility… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 10-Jul-14

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Airbus Helicopters accept responsibility for North Sea ditching

Airbus Helicopters accept responsibility for North Sea ditching

Lawyers representing several passengers injured when a Eurocopter Super Puma helicopter came down in the North Sea 32 miles south west of Shetland in October 2012 have welcomed an acceptance of responsibility from the helicopter manufacturer which paves the way for settlements to be agreed. Irwin Mitchell’s specialist Aviation Law team represents 12 oil rig… Read more »

Source: Irwin Mitchell, 07-Jul-14

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Bristow transports Commonwealth Games Baton

Bristow transports Commonwealth Games Baton

As part of its massive 288 day tour of the Commonwealth countries, the Commonwealth Games Baton has today been taken to and from the Clair platform in the North Sea.  The baton is on a 40 day tour of Scotland from 14 June to 23 July, and the symbolic visit to the rig marks the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jul-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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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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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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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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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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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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21-May-14 Eurocopter EC225 Aberdeen, UK

Emergency landing

21-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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Bristow Australia wins Au$138M offshore contract from Ceduna for BP

Bristow Australia wins Au$138M offshore contract from Ceduna for BP

BP Australia managing director Phil Home said a hangar and supporting office blocks would be constructed at Ceduna as part of aviation operations. See full story

Source: West Coast Sentinel, 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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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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01-May-14 Eurocopter EC225 Aberdeen, UK

Bristow EC225 en route to Talisman’s Clyde platform returned to base after a warning light came on

01-May-14

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29-Apr-14 Eurocopter EC225 Shetland, UK

Offshore helicopter diverted to Sumburgh Airport due to warning light.  Airport was on full emergency alert.  Safe landing.  18 pax and 2 crew

29-Apr-14

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Helibras delivers 10th and 11th EC725s

Helibras delivers 10th and 11th EC725s

Helibras has just delivered two EC725 helicopters, meeting deadlines and criteria for nationalization stipulated by the contract signed between the company and the Ministry of Defence in 2008, which established the supply of 50 aircraft of this model to the Brazilian Armed Forces. The 10th unit is allocated to the FAB, who has now five… Read more »

Source: Helibras, 25-Apr-14

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EASA certifies EC225 gear shaft redesign

EASA certifies EC225 gear shaft redesign

The redesigned vertical bevel gear shaft for Airbus Helicopters’ EC225 has been certified, enabling its production and installation on all rotorcraft of this type in operation globally, as well as those being produced. Certification was granted by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and is to be followed by validation from other international airworthiness authorities…. Read more »

Source: Airbus, 23-Apr-14

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Bristow Super Puma heavily damaged in Nigerian hangar fire

Bristow Super Puma heavily damaged in Nigerian hangar fire

Bristow Helicopters recently suffered a hangar fire at its Port Hardcourt base in Nigeria. As the photo below shows, there was extensive damage to the hangar roof and two Super Pumas were damaged, one heavily. The fire is believed to have started in one of the stores housing aircraft spares and consumables – seen in… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Apr-14

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BHIC AeroServices wins $67M three year RMAF EC725 parts contract

BHIC AeroServices wins $67M three year RMAF EC725 parts contract

Publically quoted BHIC (Boustead Heavy Industries Corp) posted the following in an official notice to the Bursa Malaysia Securities recently:- The Company wishes to inform that its subsidiary, BHIC AeroServices Sdn Bhd (“BHICAS”) has received a letter dated 20 March 2014 from the Secretary General to the Ministry of Defence Malaysia awarding BHICAS an In-Service Support… Read more »

Source: BHIC, 31-Mar-14

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Chile takes delivery of the first Cougar AS532 ALe

Chile takes delivery of the first Cougar AS532 ALe

The Chilean Army, Ejército de Chile, took delivery of the world’s first Cougar AS532 ALe on Tuesday, March 25 at the FIDAE International Air and Space Fair in Santiago, Chile. This new aircraft is the latest member of the Cougar family and features the same four-axis autopilot and glass cockpit as the EC225. It is… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 30-Mar-14

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Vector Financial Services places AS332L in UK

Vector Financial Services places AS332L in UK

Vector Financial Services – the Leasing Division of Vector Aerospace Corporation, a leading provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services – is pleased to announce the induction of its first Airbus Helicopters AS332L Super Puma into Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services-UK based at its Fleetlands site in Gosport, Hampshire. Vector Financial Services already operates… Read more »

Source: Vector, 28-Mar-14

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20-Mar-14 5N-BGP Eurocopter AS332L1 Port Hardcourt, Nigeria

Heavily damaged in hangar fire.  A second Super Puma was also damaged in the same fire

20-Mar-14

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20-Mar-14 5N-BNC Eurocopter AS332L2 Port Hardcourt, Nigeria

Substantially damaged in hangar fire.  A second Super Puma was destroyed in the same fire

20-Mar-14

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19-Mar-14 HD.21-10 Eurocopter AS332B Morro Jable, Spain (4F)

Military SAR helicopter crashed into the water off the Canary Islands at 2155 CET on night training flight.  One rescued, four later confirmed dead when the helicopter was located under water.

19-Mar-14

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Oil & Gas UK’s response to FAI conclusion

Oil & Gas UK’s response to FAI conclusion

Robert Paterson, Oil & Gas UK health, safety and employment issues director, said: “Today’s Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI) conclusion into the 2009 helicopter crash provides us with a powerful reminder of the paramount importance of following procedures, and the need for effective communication. Since the publication of the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) report in… Read more »

Source: Oil & Gas UK, 13-Mar-14

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Bond Offshore Helicopters’ Response to AS332L2 Determination

Bond Offshore Helicopters’ Response to AS332L2 Determination

Bond Offshore hopes that Sheriff Principal Derek Pyle’s determination today (March 13th) brings a degree of closure to the families, friends and dependents of those who died in the tragedy of 2009. We at Bond also lost friends and colleagues that day. Although Sheriff Principal Pyle has indicated that spalling was, on balance, the most… Read more »

Source: Bond Offshore Helicopters, 13-Mar-14

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Fatal Accident Inquiry determination published on Bond AS332L2 fatal accident

Fatal Accident Inquiry determination published on Bond AS332L2 fatal accident

Summary of FAI Determination into the deaths of 16 people following the helicopter crash on 1 April 2009. On Wednesday 1 April 2009, a Super Puma helicopter, owned by Bond Offshore Helicopters Limited, was flying over the North Sea, en route from the Miller Oil Platform to Aberdeen, when it plunged into the sea killing… Read more »

Source: Judiciary of Scotland, 13-Mar-14

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Airbus Helicopters scores 78 bookings for new product line at Heli-Expo

Airbus Helicopters scores 78 bookings for new product line at Heli-Expo

The 78 bookings announced by Airbus Helicopters at this week’s Heli-Expo industry convention underscore the competitiveness of its product line – with acquisitions covering rotorcraft that range from the workhorse EC225 and the AS350 B2 and B3e, to the next-generation EC175, along with the new EC145 T2 and the evolved EC225e and AS332 C1e versions…. Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 27-Feb-14

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Airbus Helicopters’ new AS332C1e is ready for duty

Airbus Helicopters’ new AS332C1e is ready for duty

Launch customer Starlite Aviation adds firm order of two AS 332C1e and will deploy its first delivered rotorcraft to Kosovo Anaheim, California, 25 February 2014 – Airbus Helicopters today unveiled the latest member of its Super Puma helicopter family: the multi-mission AS332 C1e utility workhorse version, which comes with a standardized equipment definition for more… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 27-Feb-14

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Turbomeca introduces Makila 2B engine for latest EC225e

Turbomeca introduces Makila 2B engine for latest EC225e

Turbomeca (Safran) has designed a new Makila variant to offer increased performance to the newest Airbus Helicopters EC225e. The new combustion chamber and high-power turbine blades will permit take-off a significant increase of MTOW in CAT A conditions. Reducing maintenance costs, other Makila 2B improvements provide an increased TBO of 4,000 hours. Executive VP Programmes… Read more »

Source: Turbomeca, 26-Feb-14

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LCI orders six EC175s; becomes an EC225e launch customer, ordering 15

LCI orders six EC175s; becomes an EC225e launch customer, ordering 15

Lease Corporation International (LCI), the Libra Group’s aviation leasing arm, will acquire as many as 21 new Airbus Helicopters rotorcraft in a contract involving both the next-generation EC175 and the newly-unveiled EC225e. The total contract value is estimated in commercial terms to be around US$645 million with delivery scheduled to commence in 2016. The major… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 26-Feb-14

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Vector Aerospace signs special Bypass Plus program with Starlite Aviation

Vector Aerospace signs special Bypass Plus program with Starlite Aviation

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 signing of a special Bypass Plus program with Starlite Aviation Group, an enhanced offering of the By the Hour Support Program now covering engines. Starlite is a… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 26-Feb-14

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Waypoint Leasing to acquire 12 EC225 and 25 EC145T2

Waypoint Leasing to acquire 12 EC225 and 25 EC145T2

Two major Waypoint Leasing orders with Airbus Helicopters were announced today as the global helicopter lessor intends to acquire 37 EC225 and EC145 T2 rotorcraft. These key transactions, Waypoint’s first deliveries in 2014, were detailed at the 2014 Heli-Expo industry convention in Anaheim, California, where Airbus Helicopters President Guillaume Faury and Waypoint Leasing CEO Ed… Read more »

Source: Waypoint Leasing, 26-Feb-14

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Airbus Helicopters launches enhanced Super Puma – the EC225e

Airbus Helicopters launches enhanced Super Puma – the EC225e

The new EC225e version of Airbus Helicopters’ workhorse Super Puma product line was formally launched today, offering an enhanced rotorcraft that responds to operators’ requirements for extended-range missions – particularly in support of deep-water oil and gas airlift missions. Details on the EC225e were outlined at the 2014 Heli-Expo convention in Anaheim, California, along with… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 25-Feb-14

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Airbus Helicopters receives additional orders for AS332C1e

Airbus Helicopters receives additional orders for AS332C1e

Airbus Helicopters today unveiled the latest member of its Super Puma helicopter family: the multi-mission AS332 C1e utility workhorse version, which comes with a standardized equipment definition for more rapid production times and cost-effective acquisition prices. The unveiling occurred at the 2014 Heli-Expo industry show in Anaheim, California, where the first production AS332 C1e is… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 25-Feb-14

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Universal Avionics sees increased interest from Super Puma offshore operators

Universal Avionics sees increased interest from Super Puma offshore operators

Requests for Flight Management Systems (FMS) with mission support have increased in 2013, most notably among offshore and SAR operators of Airbus Helicopters’ AS332L and AS332L1 Super Puma models. Universal Avionics’ Multi-Mission Management System (MMMS) is the company’s flagship Special Mission FMS for installation in these helicopter models. On the forefront is Authorized Dealer, Heli-One… Read more »

Source: Universal Avionics, 24-Feb-14

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Vector Aerospace delivers refurbished AS332L1 to Rainier Heli-Lift

Vector Aerospace delivers refurbished AS332L1 to Rainier Heli-Lift

Vector Aerospace  (www.vectoraerospace.com), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce that its subsidiary, Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services – North America (“HS-NA”),one of the world’s leading providers of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul services has completed the successful delivery of a fully refurbished AS332L-1 helicopter to Rainier… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 12-Feb-14

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Airbus Helicopters Canada to make EC225 engine cowlings

Airbus Helicopters Canada to make EC225 engine cowlings

Airbus Helicopters Canada (formerly called Eurocopter Canada) announced today that it will be adding a new production line at its Fort Erie, ON helicopter production facility, creating approximately 40 new high-skill manufacturing jobs. Following a global competitive process the new production work has been awarded to Airbus Helicopters Canada by its parent company, Airbus Helicopters,… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 05-Feb-14

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First Brazilian EC725 completes 1,000 flying hours

First Brazilian EC725 completes 1,000 flying hours

The Brazilian Air Force has reason to celebrate. Last week its team of EC725 pilots logged their 1,000th flight hour with one aircraft (H-36 FAB 8510) while performing EMS, firefighting and Search and Rescue missions in the region. This mighty helicopter, operated by the Aviation Group Falçao, enables the team to protect and save lives… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 30-Jan-14

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29-Jan-14 Eurocopter AS332L2 Sumburgh, UK

Pilot of offshore helicopter issued distress call 45 miles from Sumburgh and was escorted to a safe landing by Coast Guard helicopter.   Report suggests pilot had indication of a “pump failure” without providing more details.  Aircraft grounded awaiting engineering support

29-Jan-14

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Oil & Gas UK responds to AAIB Special Bulletin

Oil & Gas UK responds to AAIB Special Bulletin

In response to today’s AAIB Special Bulletin, Oil & Gas UK Health, Safety & Employment Issues Director, Robert Paterson, said: “Oil & Gas UK fully supports the safety action made in today’s AAIB special bulletin. We are now working closely with helicopter operators to ensure safety briefings clearly explain the application of the re-breather system which… Read more »

Source: Oil & Gas UK, 24-Jan-14

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UK AAIB issues special bulletin on offshore pre-flight briefings

UK AAIB issues special bulletin on offshore pre-flight briefings

OThe AAIB has issued a Special Bulletin specifically referring to the CHC AS332L2 fatal accident of G-WNSB near Sumburgh on 23 August 2013.  The key information from this bulletin is shown below, but it is best taken in context of their full report. This Special Bulletin is published to highlight a safety concern relating to… Read more »

Source: AAIB, 24-Jan-14

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