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Las Vegas Metro Police to acquire Airbus H145

Las Vegas Metro Police to acquire Airbus H145

Local news outlets in Nevada are reporting that the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police have approval to buy a new Airbus H145, with delivery targeted for March 2017.  The new helicopter will operate in the SAR role and replace one of two HH-1H helicopers which date back to the early 1970s.  The Metropolitan Police Committee on… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Mar-16

Scotland Charity Air Ambulance reports on 1,000th mission

Scotland Charity Air Ambulance reports on 1,000th mission

A leisurely Easter weekend walk on the slopes of Schiehallion in Highland Perthshire turned into a full scale emergency, prompting the landmark 1,000th rapid response from Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA). The country’s only charity-funded helicopter air ambulance was scrambled from its base at Perth Airport when emergency services received a call to say a… Read more »

Source: SCAA, 30-Mar-16

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Seattle news helicopter crash survivor files lawsuit

Seattle news helicopter crash survivor files lawsuit

Guillermo Sanchez was driving to work in Seattle on the morning of March 18, 2014 when the news helicopter fell from the sky and hit his car while he was stopped at a red light.  See full story

Source: KREM, 23-Mar-16

Spain – Galicia air ambulance flying hours cut

Spain – Galicia air ambulance flying hours cut

The government of the state of Galicia is reported to have cut flying hours for EMS helicopters in an apparent cost-cutting exercise, according to the locally based 20Minutos, among others. Traditionally, two helicopters have operated in daylight hours for the last 25 years, which gives at least 15 flying hours in mid-summer. However, it has… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Mar-16

Thames Valley and Hampshire IOW Air Ambulances start night flights

Thames Valley and Hampshire IOW Air Ambulances start night flights

Thames Valley Air Ambulance (TVAA) and Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) have officially started night-time Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) operations across the South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) region and the Isle of Wight. TVAA’s Airbus H135 helicopter is flown by highly-trained and experienced Bond pilots operating with the latest-generation of night-vision… Read more »

Source: TVAC, 18-Mar-16

17-Mar-16 9N-AJI Airbus AS350B3e Langtang, Nepal

Crashed on take off after unloading construction materials, ending on its starboard side.

17-Mar-16

16-Mar-16 C-FBLW Airbus AS350BA Smithers, Canada

C-FBLW, a TRK Helicopters Aerospatiale AS350 BA helicopter, was operated under contract to SKEENA Heli-Ski from the Bear Creek Lodge, BC, about 82 nautical miles north west of Smithers, BC. The flight was returning to base camp in the late afternoon with a pilot and 6 passengers on board. As the pilot was maneuvering the… Read more »

16-Mar-16

New £4.5M air ambulance base opened at Glasgow Airport

New £4.5M air ambulance base opened at Glasgow Airport

The Cabinet Secretary for Health & Wellbeing, Shona Robison, formally opened a new, purpose built base for air ambulance and clinical retrieval teams at Glasgow Airport today. The new facility brings Scottish Ambulance Service Air Ambulance helicopter and fixed wing operations from the West into a single location. Scotland’s national specialists retrieval service for critically ill… Read more »

Source: Scottish Ambulance Service, 15-Mar-16

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Airwork (NZ) orders 100th LTS101-850B-2 engine

Airwork (NZ) orders 100th LTS101-850B-2 engine

Airwork recently ordered its 100th LTS101-850B-2 engine from Honeywell which is a fantastic achievement for the joint venture project that started between Honeywell and Airwork in 2009. The 850B-2 engines are installed into the BK117-B2 providing an impressive upgrade to the aircraft performance and capability. Airwork brands the upgraded aircraft as the BK117-850D2. The Airwork… Read more »

Source: Airwork NZ, 14-Mar-16

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11-Mar-16 Eurocopter AS365N Shimen, Taiwan (2F)

While in low hover with winchman on the wire, the helicopter started to spin uncontrollably and then crashed into the sea.  2 fatality, 3 critical The scene was a beached cargo ship, and the weather was rough Cell phone video here

11-Mar-16

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Heli-One Completes Airbus H225 9,000 HR G Check

Heli-One Completes Airbus H225 9,000 HR G Check

Heli-One, the world’s largest independent provider of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has completed the 9,000 HR G Check on a H225 for a major operator in the North Sea. The maintenance was performed at Heli-One’s Stavanger facility in Norway, and marks the first major H225 inspection for that operator. Heli-One became the… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 10-Mar-16

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Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta becomes launch customer for EC145e

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta becomes launch customer for EC145e

Metro Aviation became the first North American customer for the EC145e when it contracted to purchase six helicopters and launched an extensive demo tour of the new lighter weight, lower cost version of the highly successful EC145.  Metro recently identified Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta as the launch customer for the 145e and says they are… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 09-Mar-16

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First German first H145M special ops pilots complete training

First German first H145M special ops pilots complete training

In keeping with the already brand new helicopter, the first pilot of the H145M in Laupheim have now arrived. Special: You are authorized flight instructor and other pilots for the Air Force to train. In the Road Traffic Act, it is easy. With licenses for categories truck, bus or car, we must all models of… Read more »

Source: Luftwaffe, 09-Mar-16

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DRF completes sale and leaseback of two EC135s with Waypoint

DRF completes sale and leaseback of two EC135s with Waypoint

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced that it has closed a multi-aircraft agreement with DRF Luftrettung (“DRF”), one of the largest non-profit air rescue services in Germany, for the purchase and leaseback of two Airbus H135P2 helicopters. Both helicopters will operate in Germany, supporting civilian emergency medical… Read more »

Source: Waypoint, 06-Mar-16

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ADAC marks 130,000 hours with IBF-fitted PW206 engines

ADAC marks 130,000 hours with IBF-fitted PW206 engines

“ADAC implemented the IBF in 2011 to directly address the environmental challenges its fleet encounters – which is absolutely critical for an emergency medical services provider,” said Irene Makris, Vice President, Marketing, P&WC. “The IBF device ensures there are no flight delays and allows the fleet to be operated for any kind of emergency mission,… Read more »

Source: P&WC, 06-Mar-16

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Genesys Aerosystems aims for FAA STC for EC120 HeliSAS and Two-Axis Autopilot

Genesys Aerosystems aims for FAA STC for EC120 HeliSAS and Two-Axis Autopilot

Genesys Aerosystems announces that it has applied for an FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) for the installation of its Helicopter Stability Augmentation System (HeliSAS) and two-axis autopilot aboard Airbus EC120 Colibri (hummingbird) light turbine helicopters. “We are extremely excited about this STC program. We have been approached by a number of EC120 operators around the… Read more »

Source: Genesys Aerosystems, 06-Mar-16

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San Bernardino County Sheriff picks Vector for AS350 12-year inspections

San Bernardino County Sheriff picks Vector for AS350 12-year inspections

Vector Aerospace, a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a contract to perform 12-year inspections on three Airbus Helicopters AS350 B3 AStars operated by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department (SBCSD). Vector will conduct these inspections at its facilities in Langley,… Read more »

Source: Vector, 04-Mar-16

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Airbus approves subsidiary Vector for EC130 Tail Rotor Gearbox MRO

Airbus approves subsidiary Vector for EC130 Tail Rotor Gearbox MRO

Vector Aerospace (www.vectoraerospace.com), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce the addition of the Airbus Helicopters H130 (formerly EC130 T2) and EC130 B4 tail rotor gearbox (TGB) to its existing range of rotorcraft repair and overhaul (R&O) capabilities. Vector will offer this expanded support for the… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 04-Mar-16

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WeatherTech entrepreneur orders Airbus H145

WeatherTech entrepreneur orders Airbus H145

One of America’s leading entrepreneurs, David MacNeil, owner of MacNeil Automotive Products Ltd. in Bolingbrook, Ill., placed an order Wednesday for an Airbus Helicopters H145 for use with his highly successful company that manufactures the acclaimed WeatherTech automotive products. MacNeil said the decision to buy the H145 was based on the performance, quality and safety… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 04-Mar-16

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Wales Air Ambulance pays tribute to former chairman as it moves into new HQ

Wales Air Ambulance pays tribute to former chairman as it moves into new HQ

The name of the founder and chairman of the Wales Air Ambulance Charity will live on among future generations of medics and fundraisers. The lifesaving charity has named the boardroom and training centre at its newly-built headquarters in Dafen after Swansea businessman, the late Bob Palmer, who died in 2013. Mr Palmer’s wife Ann, alongside… Read more »

Source: Wales Air Ambulance, 04-Mar-16

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Finnish Boarder Guards receive their first H215

Finnish Boarder Guards receive their first H215

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first of two H215s to join the Finnish Boarder Guard fleet, announced today at the Heli Expo Trade Show, where an H215 can be visited on the static display. The first H215 arrived in Finland on February 28 following a training session at the Airbus Helicopters headquarters in Marignane, France…. Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 03-Mar-16

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Phoenix Heli-Flight Acquires New H130

Phoenix Heli-Flight Acquires New H130

Following a successful Canadian demonstration tour, the first utility configured H130 aircraft is acquired by Phoenix Heli-Flight. Phoenix Heli-Flight, a charter helicopter company operating out of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, is a privately owned company known to be a regional leader, providing modern, new aircraft which enables Phoenix to supply innovative solutions to all of… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 03-Mar-16

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Wales Air Ambulance to upgrade from EC135s to H145s in 2017

Wales Air Ambulance to upgrade from EC135s to H145s in 2017

Wales Air Ambulance will introduce a brand new fleet of custom-made aircraft which will significantly enhance its operations, the charity has announced. Three new helicopters will be launched in January 2017 after a competitive tender process which drew international interest for Wales. Helicopter operator Bond, a Babcock International Group company, secured the winning bid to… Read more »

Source: Wales Air Ambulance, 03-Mar-16

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Heli-One develops custom H225 SAR mods for CHC

Heli-One develops custom H225 SAR mods for CHC

Heli-One, a leading global provider of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has completed search and rescue (SAR) cabin modifications on two Airbus Helicopters H225 aircraft for CHC Helicopter (CHC). The cabin modification was designed in close collaboration with CHC’s SAR crews to optimize usage within a size-restricted space. The design is a modular… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 02-Mar-16

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Airbus approves CAE Oslo Simulation Centre

Airbus approves CAE Oslo Simulation Centre

Airbus Helicopters has designated CAE’s Olso helicopter training centre an Airbus Helicopters Approved Simulation Centre for H225 recurrent training. This is the culmination of a process that included a rigorous evaluation of the centre’s H225 simulator verifying its fidelity based on Airbus Helicopter’s simulation package, and completion of an Airbus-led training program for CAE instructors…. Read more »

Source: CAE, 02-Mar-16

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Turbomeca Arrius will power new DRF H135 fleet

Turbomeca Arrius will power new DRF H135 fleet

DRF Luftrettung has selected Turbomeca’s (Safran) Arrius 2B2Plus engine to power its three new Airbus Helicopters H135. With these new Turbomeca-powered H135 fleet DRF Luftrettung will perform HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical Service) missions in Germany. Franck Saudo, Turbomeca EVP Support & Services, said: “This is a further step that strengthens our relationship with DRF Luftrettung,… Read more »

Source: Turbomeca, 02-Mar-16

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Phoenix Heli Flight to equip fleet with Jupiter JA94-001 Dual Audio Controller

Phoenix Heli Flight to equip fleet with Jupiter JA94-001 Dual Audio Controller

Dallas Avionics, Jupiter Avionics and Maxcraft Avionics, Ltd., announced today from the Helicopter Association International (HAI) annual HELI EXPO convention that Phoenix Heli-Flight, Inc., (Phoenix) has chosen to equip their entire fleet of Airbus helicopters with the JA94-001 Dual Audio Controller. Phoenix’s recently acquired H130 with the JA94 installed is showcased at Airbus booth 9651…. Read more »

Source: Dallas Avionics, 02-Mar-16

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Able Doubles Hydraulics Facility and Adds New Servo Capabilities

Able Doubles Hydraulics Facility and Adds New Servo Capabilities

Able Aerospace Services, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has doubled the size of its in-house hydraulics facility, expanding the bandwidth for its Bell 206 and 407 servo repairs, and supporting the addition of its newest service: the overhaul, repair and exchange of Bell 212/412, AS350 and AS355 hydraulics. “With the Bell 206… Read more »

Source: Able Aerospace, 01-Mar-16

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Lightnin Production Rentals orders H130

Lightnin Production Rentals orders H130

Lightnin’ Production Rentals, a movie and television production rental company based in the Atlanta area, has ordered an Airbus Helicopters H130 to provide transportation to its clients. Lightnin’ Production Rentals is scheduled to take delivery of the aircraft in June. Acquiring a helicopter will allow the company to dramatically reduce its commuting time around the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 01-Mar-16

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Universal Avionics works with Heli-One on AS332 avionic upgrade

Universal Avionics works with Heli-One on AS332 avionic upgrade

Initial flight testing for the integration of EFI-890H Advanced Flight Displays in the Airbus Helicopters Super Puma AS332L/L1 with Authorized Dealer, Heli-One, is now complete. This well-proven, reliable solution is customized for Super Pumas and includes hover indication, vertical speed scale, vertical speed setting and desired airspeed among others. According to Grady Dees, Director of… Read more »

Source: Universal Avionics, 01-Mar-16

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Dartmouth-Hitchcock Advanced Response Team orders an H135

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Advanced Response Team orders an H135

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Advanced Response Team (DHART), an air medical transport services provider for Northern New England, has contracted with Airbus Helicopters Inc. for the purchase of one H135-series helicopter. With bases in Lebanon and Manchester, N.H., DHART provides air ambulance services throughout New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, New York and Connecticut. DHART operates more than 1,400… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 01-Mar-16

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Utah Highway Patrol orders Airbus H125

Utah Highway Patrol orders Airbus H125

Airbus Helicopters Inc. has extended its sales leadership in the U.S. market for airborne law enforcement helicopters, booking an order for an H125 AStar from the Utah Highway Patrol. Utah Highway Patrol already operates an AS350 B2, to conduct a wide variety of law enforcement, search and rescue and utility-type missions in Utah. Completion of… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 01-Mar-16

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Robertson Develops Crash-Resistant AS350 Primary Fuel System

Robertson Develops Crash-Resistant AS350 Primary Fuel System

Robertson Fuel Systems (RFS), a HEICO Company and renowned provider of military-grade fuel systems, is finalizing development of its first fuel system for civil rotorcraft. The company, which has been developing the system with Vector Aerospace, will begin flight testing its Crash-Resistant Primary Fuel System (CRPFS) for AS350 helicopters this summer. Production would begin this… Read more »

Source: Robertson, 29-Feb-16

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Pall Aerospace debuts PA100 PUREair Engine Protection at Heli-Expo

Pall Aerospace debuts PA100 PUREair Engine Protection at Heli-Expo

Pall Aerospace has partnered with Liberty Helicopters to demonstrate the capability of the PA100 PUREair engine protection system for Airbus Helicopters’ H125/AS350, and EC130 families of helicopters. The fully certified PA100 will be on display in the Pall Aerospace booth #8536 at Heli-Expo 2016 March 1-3.   Liberty Helicopters, the largest and most experienced helicopter sightseeing and charter… Read more »

Source: Pall Aerospace, 29-Feb-16

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FlightSafety to launch EC145 Level-D simulator in Louisiana

FlightSafety to launch EC145 Level-D simulator in Louisiana

FlightSafety International announces that it will offer training for the Airbus Helicopters EC145 using a new Level D qualified simulator located at the Helicopter Flight Training Center, a Metro Aviation company, in Shreveport, Louisiana. This is the first simulator of its kind in North America. It was developed in conjunction with Metro Aviation. Training is… Read more »

Source: FlightSafety, 29-Feb-16

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Vector Aerospace showcases retrofittable AS350/EC130 crash-resistant fuel tank

Vector Aerospace showcases retrofittable AS350/EC130 crash-resistant fuel tank

Vector Aerospace (www.vectoraerospace.com), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is highlighting its broad range of customer-focused support solutions at the HAI Heli-Expo 2016 helicopter trade show & exposition being held in Louisville, KY, this week (March 1-3). One of the highlights of Vector’s booth (# 7556) is an Airbus… Read more »

Source: Vector Aerospace, 29-Feb-16

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BLR to certify FastFin for H125s in 2016

BLR to certify FastFin for H125s in 2016

BLR Aerospace is working with Airbus Helicopters to certify the FastFin® Tail Rotor Enhancement and Stability System on an H125 helicopter, the company announced today. Proof of concept flight tests were successfully completed in 2015. BLR is nearing the end of its certification flight test program and is on track for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)… Read more »

Source: BLR Aerospace, 29-Feb-16

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FlightSafety names Manager of new Denver Learning Center

FlightSafety names Manager of new Denver Learning Center

FlightSafety International announces that Otto Gambrel has been named Manager of the company’s new Learning Center in Denver, Colorado. “We are pleased that Otto will become Manager of our new Learning Center in Denver,” said Daniel MacLellan, Senior Vice President, Operations. “His experience and in depth understanding of aviation training and the operation of a… Read more »

Source: FlightSafety, 29-Feb-16

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Trakka announces pending FAA and EASA STCs

Trakka announces pending FAA and EASA STCs

Trakka Systems is pleased to announce that it has submitted EASA and FAA STC data packages for the installation of the A800 searchlight onto the following helicopter variants, and anticipates final approvals shortly: AS365N series, Bell 212, 412HP, 412EP, 206, 407, Airbus H145 This represents a major investment by Trakka Systems to provide customers with… Read more »

Source: Trakka, 29-Feb-16

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Donaldson bring flying laboratory to Heli-Expo

Donaldson bring flying laboratory to Heli-Expo

A unique flying scientific laboratory devoted to advancing environmental research will be on display in the Donaldson Aerospace & Defense exhibit 2400 during the Helicopter Association International Heli-Expo, March 1-3 in Louisville. The featured Airbus H125 is equipped with an Inlet Barrier Filtration (IBF) system from Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE:DCI)…. Read more »

Source: Donaldson, 29-Feb-16

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25-Feb-16 D-HVBB Eurocopter EC135T2+ Bimöhlen, Germany (2F)

Police helicopter crashed killing two and the third is in a critical condition.  More news awaited.  D-HVBB registration to be finally confirmed

25-Feb-16

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India approves AS350 hook from Onboard Systems

India approves AS350 hook from Onboard Systems

Onboard Systems International, Inc., a leading provider of innovative helicopter cargo hook equipment, today announced that its replacement cargo hook kit for the Airbus Helicopters AS350 aircraft has been certified for use in India by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). A letter of acceptance was issued for the installation of Onboard Systems cargo… Read more »

Source: Onboard Systems, 24-Feb-16

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Heli-One completes on-site H225 support in South Korea

Heli-One completes on-site H225 support in South Korea

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada – Heli-One, a leading global provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, was selected by South Korea’s National 119 to provide a 12-month inspection for their Airbus H225 helicopter. National 119 is the primary provider of firefighting and rescue services in South Korea, flying a fleet of Airbus aircraft…. Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 23-Feb-16

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First H135 upgrade completed by customer

First H135 upgrade completed by customer

wiss operator Air Zermatt became the first company to entirely retrofit their H135 helicopter in-house using the operator’s own technicians. The process, employing a kit shipped from Airbus Helicopters in Germany, brought the former T2 aircraft to current T3 performance, and opens the door to other operator-led upgrades. When Airbus Helicopters launched its H135 helicopter… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 22-Feb-16

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RAF passes 10,000 hours on upgraded Pumas

RAF passes 10,000 hours on upgraded Pumas

Wednesday 17th February marked a significant milestone for the Puma Force as they reached a staggering 10,000 flying hours for the Puma 2. The extensively upgraded helicopter declared Initial Operating Capability in February 2015 and just over three weeks later deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation TORAL; the ongoing NATO training and support mission…. Read more »

Source: RAF, 22-Feb-16

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Edmonton may put hold on Police EC120 replacement

Edmonton may put hold on Police EC120 replacement

A report brought Thursday to the Edmonton Police Commission says the cost of the helicopter, first pegged at $3.47 million, has jumped $2.7 million because of the drop in value of the Canadian dollar. See Full Story

Source: Edmonton Journal, 22-Feb-16

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21-Feb-16 Airbus AS350 Uritorco, Argentina

Crashed during the rescue of a paraglider who had suffered multiple fractures

21-Feb-16

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Vector add AS350 capabilities in Scotland

Vector add AS350 capabilities in Scotland

Vector Aerospace (www.vectoraerospace.com), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce the introduction of a new dynamic component repair (DCR) capability for the Airbus Helicopters AS350 Ecureuil family at its Almondbank site in Perth, Scotland. The new capability, which was officially opened by Deputy First Minister for… Read more »

Source: Vector, 19-Feb-16

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Western Australia Police look for two nimble helicopters to replace BK117

Western Australia Police look for two nimble helicopters to replace BK117

WA Police are looking at buying “more nimble” and “manoeuvrable” helicopters better suited to high-speed chases. See Full Story

Source: Yahoo News, 17-Feb-16

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ETMC Air 1 marks 30 years of flying

ETMC Air 1 marks 30 years of flying

Joseph “Woody” Woodard grew up in Kettering, Ohio, and like many high school seniors he was trying to decide what he wanted to do with his life. He became interested in becoming a helicopter pilot after seeing an Army recruiting poster. “I went to flight school at Fort Wolters, Texas, and Fort Rucker, Ala., in… Read more »

Source: ETMC, 16-Feb-16

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EASA approves rig automated approach system for Airbus H225

EASA approves rig automated approach system for Airbus H225

Airbus Helicopters has received EASA certification for the Rig’N Fly (Rig Integrated GPS approaches with eNhanced Fly-ability and safetY), an avionics enhancement designed to provide automatic rig approaches for offshore operations. First developed on H225, it will also be implemented on H175 (end 2016) and on H160. Rig’N Fly uses a combination of sensors (GPS,… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 10-Feb-16

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06-Feb-16 C-???? Eurocopter EC120 Toronto, Canada

The privately-registered Eurocopter EC-120B helicopter was on a local VFR flight from Toronto Billy Bishop/Toronto City Centre Airport, ON (CYTZ). The helicopter was being flown in circuits at Brampton Airport, ON (CNC3) when it experienced a loss of power. The helicopter crashed near the southern end of the airport property. Two (2) souls on board… Read more »

06-Feb-16

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Airbus demonstrates H145 in offshore roles

Airbus demonstrates H145 in offshore roles

The twin-engine multipurpose helicopter H145 has successfully proved its operational capabilities for challenging offshore missions. During a two-day flight trial in late January the established offshore operators Wiking Helikopter Service GmbH and HTM Offshore were able to test the H145 in all the relevant fields of offshore operations. Both aviation companies collaborate closely to offer… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 05-Feb-16

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Heli-One adds H225 MRO in Poland

Heli-One adds H225 MRO in Poland

Heli-One’shelicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) facility inRzeszow, Poland is now approved to provide base maintenance services on Airbus H225 aircraft operating in Europe, the United States, Canada andthe Cayman Islands. This comes after receiving regulatory authorization from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA), Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) and… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 05-Feb-16

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Yorkshire Air Ambulance orders second H145

Yorkshire Air Ambulance orders second H145

The rapid response emergency service announced the replacement of their oldest MD902 Explorer aircraft, G-SASH in the summer of 2015, however plans for a second Airbus H145 model to replace the other MD902 Explorer G-CEMS have been brought forward. The announcement comes after the YAA Chairman Peter Sunderland and Vice-Chairman Bruce Burns, recently visited the… Read more »

Source: Yorkshire Air Ambulance, 04-Feb-16

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UK Police evolves as two more bases close as planned

UK Police evolves as two more bases close as planned

NPAS – the UK’s National Police Air Service – have closed two more bases as planned. NPAS Ripley closed, and their EC135 will be the third in the upgrade line at Bond Air Services. The first from that process was displayed at Helitech in October 2015, and the second is currently in progress. NPAS Sheffield… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Feb-16

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Korfez Aviation takes delivery of H145 Mercedes Benz Style

Korfez Aviation takes delivery of H145 Mercedes Benz Style

Airbus Helicopters has handed over the first H145 Mercedes Benz Style to Körfez Aviation in Turkey. This is the first of two helicopters acquired by Körfez Aviation to expand its fleet dedicated to business and private aviation, as well as charter flights in the region. The second H145 Mercedes Benz Style is expected to be… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 02-Feb-16

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Airbus awarded $8.6M more for UH-72 support

Airbus awarded $8.6M more for UH-72 support

Airbus Defense and Space Inc., Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $8,648,399 modification (P00970) to contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 for logistics support for UH-72A (Lakota) helicopters.  Work will be performed in Herndon, Virginia, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2016.  Fiscal 2016 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $8,648,399 were obligated at the… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 31-Jan-16

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Midlands Air Ambulance celebrates 25 years

Midlands Air Ambulance celebrates 25 years

2016 marks the 25th anniversary of the vitally important emergency pre-hospital service provided by Midlands Air Ambulance Charity. Throughout 2016, supported by corporate partner, M6Toll, the charity will be running a series of events and activities to celebrate 25 years of air ambulance operations across the Midlands and the impact the charity has made on… Read more »

Source: Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, 29-Jan-16

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Pacific Helicopters receives first of three H145s

Pacific Helicopters receives first of three H145s

Marking a milestone for both Pacific Helicopters and aviation operations in Papua New Guinea, the company has taken delivery of the first of three H145 helicopters from Airbus Helicopters. The first H145, leased from international lessor, Waypoint Leasing, has arrived in the Eastern Highlands Provincial capital of Goroka, following final reassembly at Airbus Group Australia… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 29-Jan-16

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Hampshire and IOW Air Anbulance start night training with H135

Hampshire and IOW Air Anbulance start night training with H135

Last year Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) announced its commitment to full night flying capability, a major step for the charity as a leader in helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS). This week HIOWAA is pleased to announce that their enhanced model H135T3, specially equipped for night flying, has now arrived at the… Read more »

Source: HIOWAA, 27-Jan-16

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Poland will reportedly scrap $3 billion H225M deal

Poland will reportedly scrap $3 billion H225M deal

Poland’s $3 billion (2 billion pounds) army helicopter deal with Airbus (AIR.PA) is “very likely” to be canceled, the deputy defence minister said on Tuesday, signalling one of Warsaw’s key military programs, speeded up in response to the Ukraine crisis, may face delays. See Full Story

Source: Reuters, 27-Jan-16

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Airbus release their numbers for 2015

Airbus release their numbers for 2015

Capitalising on its transformation plan that has put the company’s priorities on customer satisfaction, quality and safety, and competitiveness, Airbus Helicopters focused its efforts in 2015 on executing its strategic roadmap and meeting its targets against a challenging market backdrop and delays in the key military campaigns. During 2015, Airbus Helicopters delivered 395 rotorcraft from… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 26-Jan-16

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EASA approves H145 gross weight up from 3650kg to 3700kg

EASA approves H145 gross weight up from 3650kg to 3700kg

In December, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) awarded the certification of the increased maximum take-off weight (MTOW) for the H145. With this enhancement, the helicopter can carry an extra 50kg, raising the MTOW to a total of 3.7 metric tons. It will be available for customers in early 2016. As the improvement does not… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 22-Jan-16

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FinnHEMS 2015 figures – 5% less responses, 6% more patients treated

FinnHEMS 2015 figures – 5% less responses, 6% more patients treated

Air Ambulance statistics from Finland in 2015 show a notable increase with 6% more patients treated over 2014, even though the number of calls responded to was down 5% to 13,748.  Deeper analysis shows 1,494 patients received critical assistance, of which 172 would probably have died before reaching the hospital without an air ambulance response…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Jan-16

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Airbus delivers six H125s to four California law enforcement agencies

Airbus delivers six H125s to four California law enforcement agencies

Four California law enforcement agencies have bolstered their crime fighting and public service capabilities by taking delivery of new Airbus Helicopters H125 AStars, the highest performance, best-selling helicopter for airborne crime-fighting and rescue work. Airbus Helicopters Inc. recently delivered six H125s, including two each to the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and Riverside County Sheriff’s Office,… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 19-Jan-16

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Helicopter Flight Training Center taking bookings for first US H145 Level D Sim

Helicopter Flight Training Center taking bookings for first US H145 Level D Sim

The Helicopter Flight Training Center (HFTC), a Metro Aviation company, is preparing to welcome the FlightSafety International (FSI) EC145 Level D full motion simulator to its fleet of high tech training devices.  The simulator is scheduled to be certified and available for pilot training July 1, and the reservation process is now open. “Operators have… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 19-Jan-16

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US Coast Guard paint two helicopters yellow in 100 year celebration

US Coast Guard paint two helicopters yellow in 100 year celebration

Coast Guard Air Station Astoria received a yellow-painted MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter at its base in Warrenton, Friday, in celebration of 100 years of Coast Guard aviation. The Jayhawk helicopter, the first of all this year’s specially painted aircraft delivered by the Coast Guard to an operational unit, arrived from Coast Guard Aviation Logistics Center in… Read more »

Source: US Coast Guard, 18-Jan-16

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Lithuania puts AS365N3+ into SAR service

Lithuania puts AS365N3+ into SAR service

The Lithuanian Ministry of Defence and the Lithuanian Armed Forces assigned their three new AS365 N3+ helicopters to the 24/7 SAR mission service. Only two years after ordering the helicopters, Lithuanian Armed Forces are now ready to ensure SAR 24/7 service with their AS365 N3+. Following the first two deliveries in June and September 2015,… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 18-Jan-16

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Great Western Air Ambulance has record year in 2015

Great Western Air Ambulance has record year in 2015

The rise is down to our new helicopter, a Eurocopter 135, which arrived at our base in Filton in October 2014. In 2015 HM65 and her crew attended 1,655 life-saving incidents across Bristol, Bath, Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset and parts of Wiltshire. This is an increase of 270 incidents compared to 2014, when we… Read more »

Source: Great Western Air Ambulance Charity, 18-Jan-16

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Helibras delivers first in-country Panther K2 upgrade

Helibras delivers first in-country Panther K2 upgrade

In December, Helibras delivered another K2 Panther upgrade to the Brazilian Army Aviation, the fifth in their fleet and the first to complete the entire modernization process in Brazil at the factory in Itajubá.  First post-upgrade test flight of the helicopter was back in October (see video). A further three K2 upgrades will be completed… Read more »

Source: HeliHub .com, 18-Jan-16

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Spanish Police seize two Alouettes, 615kg of drugs and 20 suspects

Spanish Police seize two Alouettes, 615kg of drugs and 20 suspects

[electronic translation] The Civil Guard, under the hemming operation, has been arrested in the provinces of Seville, Malaga and Cadiz to 20 members of a criminal, perfectly structured and hierarchical organization dedicated to introducing hashish in Spain from Morocco by air. Altogether they have seized 615 kilos of hashish hidden in a helicopter were from… Read more »

Source: Guardia Civil, 15-Jan-16

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Life Star BK117 in Meriden returns to Hartford for winter

Life Star BK117 in Meriden returns to Hartford for winter

Due to colder temperatures, the critical care Life Star BK117 stationed at MidState Medical Center will move to a heated hangar at Hartford Hospital to protect the aircraft in the winter.  See full story

Source: MyRecordJournal, 15-Jan-16

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Devon Air Ambulance helps launch Master’s Degree course for Paramedic air crew

Devon Air Ambulance helps launch Master’s Degree course for Paramedic air crew

A ground-breaking collaboration between Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT) and Plymouth University has resulted in a new Master’s Degree course for Paramedic air crew aimed at making them amongst the highest qualified in the profession. The first module on the MSc Pre-hospital Critical Care/Transport and Retrieval degree started in early September and over a three… Read more »

Source: DAAT, 13-Jan-16

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Boston MedFlight teams with hospitals

Boston MedFlight teams with hospitals

The crew of Boston MedFlight, a fleet of helicopters, airplanes, and ambulances, leaves no one behind. See Full Story

Source: New Boston Post, 08-Jan-16

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