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Wiking takes delivery of latest AW139

Wiking takes delivery of latest AW139

Leonardo announced that WIKING Helikopter Service GmbH has taken delivery of a new AW139 7-tonne intermediate twin engine helicopter from Leonardo’s Vergiate facility, further expanding an existing fleet of three aircraft. The helicopter will be used to carry out offshore transport missions supporting energy industry operations in Northern Europe. WIKING has been an offshore transport… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 17-Dec-20

Rheinmetall win German CH-53 maintenance contract

Rheinmetall win German CH-53 maintenance contract

Rheinmetall has won an order from the German Bundeswehr to inspect, maintain and repair Sikorsky CH-53G transport helicopters. Starting in March 2021, the Düsseldorf-based Group will be operating two maintenance and repair bays belonging to the German Air Force’s 64th Helicopter Squadron at Diepholz in Lower Saxony. Worth a figure in the lower two-digit million-euro… Read more »

Source: Rheinmetall, 11-Dec-20

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NHV awarded H145 contract by German Air Force

NHV awarded H145 contract by German Air Force

The German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) have awarded NHV a contract for the provision and maintenance of three H145 aircraft in support of their Special Forces’ training program at Laupheim (HSG64). The one-year contract is foreseen to start in January 2021. In partnership with Milestone Aviation, NHV will provide two Airbus Helicopters H145D3 and one H145D2… Read more »

Source: NHV, 10-Dec-20

Bundeswehr orders 31 NH90 for shipborne operations

Bundeswehr orders 31 NH90 for shipborne operations

The German Bundeswehr has ordered 31 NH90 helicopters, to be known as Sea Tiger, for the German Navy’s shipborne operations. Nathalie Tarnaud-Laude, President of NH90 Helicopter Industries (NHI) and Giorgio Gomma, General Manager of the NATO Helicopter Management Agency (NAHEMA), on behalf of the Federal Office for Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support of the… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 08-Dec-20

08-Dec-20 D-HTAT Guimbal G2 Speyer, Germany

Student solo (aged 63) – at a height of 50-100 meters, there was a loss of engine power. The helicopter touched down hard and rolled onto its side around 15-20m from the runway in the grass.

08-Dec-20

Germany procures 31 NH90s for Navy role

Germany procures 31 NH90s for Navy role

NHIndustries and NAHEMA, on behalf of the Federal Office for Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support of the German Armed Forces (BAAINBw) signed the contract for the acquisition of the helicopters, related support services and training on November 26th, 2020. The Sea Tiger will represent the German configuration of the NH90 NFH helicopter and will… Read more »

Source: NHI, 02-Dec-20

Bell appoints first 505 dealer in Germany

Bell appoints first 505 dealer in Germany

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, appointed Rheinland Air Service GmbH (RAS) the first German dealer for the Bell 505. Approaching 50 years of business aviation experience, RAS is a proven provider of expert aviation sales and service. “We are pleased to announce RAS as Bell’s first authorized 505 dealership for Germany,”… Read more »

Source: Bell, 25-Nov-20

EBAA to Send Young Leaders to One Young World Global Youth Summit

EBAA to Send Young Leaders to One Young World Global Youth Summit

For the third year in a row, the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) is sending ten carefully selected inspired young leaders to represent the industry at the 2021 One Young World Summit in Munich. The annual summit taking place from23-26 April will host talented youth from a range of companies, NGOs, and other public and… Read more »

Source: EBAA, 24-Nov-20

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Two German wind farm contracts for Wiking

Two German wind farm contracts for Wiking

In the last two weeks, Wiking Helikopter Service has signed a multi-year contract with TenneT and a contract extension with Deutsche Windtechnik, both of which will see the company providing offshore helicopter services for projects in the German part of the North Sea. See Full Story. 

Source: offshoreWIND.biz, 16-Nov-20

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ADAC air rescue prepared for the second wave of COVID-19

ADAC air rescue prepared for the second wave of COVID-19

The currently increasing number of COVID-19 infections is also being observed with concern at ADAC Air Rescue. The corona virus is once again facing major challenges for the non-profit organization from Munich. “The rescue service from the air is currently fully secured in Germany,” emphasizes managing director Frédéric Bruder. “With our experience from the first wave, we are… Read more »

Source: ADAC Luftrettung, 13-Nov-20

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DRF Christoph Weser to upgrade Bremen air ambulance to EC145

DRF Christoph Weser to upgrade Bremen air ambulance to EC145

From October 21st, DRF Luftrettung will provide rapid assistance in Bremen with another helicopter: A modern EC145 will replace the BK 117. As an intensive care transport helicopter and also in emergency rescue, “Christoph Weser” makes an extremely important contribution to the emergency medical care of people in Bremen and the surrounding area, “emphasizes Dr…. Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 30-Oct-20

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Reiser H145 Full Flight Simulator now qualified to EASA Level D

Reiser H145 Full Flight Simulator now qualified to EASA Level D

Lufthansa Aviation Training’s first own helicopter full flight simulator, designed and manufactured by Reiser Simulation and Training GmbH (RST), has received EASA Level D qualification by the German Federal Aviation Office (Luftfahrt-Bundesamt / LBA) on 27 August 2020. The helicopter full flight simulator (FFS) manufactured by RST is equipped with an interchangeable H135/H145 cockpit (H135… Read more »

Source: Reiser Simulation and Training GmbH, 15-Oct-20

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Bell Expands Global Footprint in Germany

Bell Expands Global Footprint in Germany

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced it will be adding Intercopter GmbH to its Authorized Maintenance Center (AMC) network. Intercopter is located in Taufkirchen, Germany near Munich. “Growing our German footprint has been one of our top European priorities and having Intercopter in our network is another important step in executing… Read more »

Source: Bell, 02-Oct-20

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Bell Announces Collaboration with Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH (ESG)

Bell Announces Collaboration with Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH (ESG)

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced a collaboration agreement with Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH (ESG) to install their Mission Management System in a Bell 429 as a law enforcement demonstrator. This new demonstrator will be used to showcase the aircraft’s capabilities to the police and military markets in Europe and across the… Read more »

Source: Bell, 24-Sep-20

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Airbus Helicopters and HTM-Helicopters sign contract

Airbus Helicopters and HTM-Helicopters sign contract

Airbus Helicopters and HTM-Helicopters have signed a contract for the purchase of two additional H145 helicopters. HTM will be the first operator to use the new five-bladed H145 in the Offshore Wind segment. “We thank HTM for their continued trust in Airbus Helicopters and our products”, says Thomas Hein, Head of Sales Western Europe at… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 23-Sep-20

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Boeing, Honeywell and Rolls-partner on German CH-47 bid

Boeing, Honeywell and Rolls-partner on German CH-47 bid

Boeing [NYSE: BA], Honeywell Aerospace and Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd. have reached an agreement to provide in-service support of the T-55 engine should the government of Germany select the H-47 Chinook for its Schwerer Transporthubschrauber (STH) heavy-lift helicopter requirement. Since the forming of the Chinook Germany Industry Team in 2018, originally comprised of nine German companies,… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 22-Sep-20

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Volocopter offers reservations for commercial flights

Volocopter offers reservations for commercial flights

At Greentech Festival in Berlin, Volocopter, the pioneer of Urban Air Mobility (UAM), announced that the world’s first public sale for electrical air taxi flight reservations has started. Effective immediately, Volocopter fans world-wide can reserve their tickets online and be amongst the very first to take this new form of mobility. The VoloFirst costs €300 and can… Read more »

Source: Volocopter, 21-Sep-20

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DRF Luftrettung develops multifunctional ground plate

DRF Luftrettung develops multifunctional ground plate

During the Covid-19 pandemic, DRF Luftrettung acquired special isolation stretchers to transport highly infectious patients. These stretchers, known as EpiShuttles, can now be fastened perfectly in the helicopter thanks to a special ground plate developed by the EASA Part 21 Design Organisation at DRF Luftrettung. The new solution impresses with its simple handling and safety…. Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 10-Sep-20

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Droniq and Yuneec create standard solution for integrated, European drone tracking

Droniq and Yuneec create standard solution for integrated, European drone tracking

Frankfurt-based company Droniq has entered into an exclusive cooperation with the drone manufacturer Yuneec. Yuneec’s H520 drones can be retrofitted with Droniq’s “HOD4track” from October 2020. This module enables tracking of the aircraft via LTE and its display in Droniq’s UAS Traffic Management System (UTM). The device, which has been specially manufactured for all H520… Read more »

Source: Droniq, 04-Sep-20

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04-Aug-20 D-HIPO Bell 47G4A Lübstorf, Germany

Substantially damaged beyond repair in a forced autorotation landing at Lübstorf near Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.  Minor injuries to the 3POB

04-Aug-20

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Safran to support German and Norwegian NH90 engines

Safran to support German and Norwegian NH90 engines

Safran Helicopter Engines has signed a support contract with the NATO Helicopter Management Agency (NAHEMA), to support 276 NH90 engines owned by BAAINBw (Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support) in Germany and the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA). The RTM322 engines will be covered by Safran’s Global Support Package (GSP) under… Read more »

Source: Safran Helicopter Engines, 26-Jun-20

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Wingcopter is one of 9 winners of German Government’s €24M hackathon

Wingcopter is one of 9 winners of German Government’s €24M hackathon

Wingcopter, developer of autonomous delivery drones for humanitarian and commercial applications, has been named one of nine winners of the #SmartDevelopmentHack. Through this global hackathon, the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) solicited innovative digital solutions to tackle the challenges caused by the coronavirus outbreak in low- and middle-income countries. The lineup of… Read more »

Source: Wingcopter, 28-May-20

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COVID-19 – Helicopters across Europe help fight corona crisis

COVID-19 – Helicopters across Europe help fight corona crisis

Friedrichshafen – Helicopters play an outstanding role in the current health crisis due to their special flight characteristics. They are not only important for the transfer of infectious and ventilated patients from hospital to hospital, but they also secure relevant infrastructure through monitoring flights. The outbreak of the coronavirus has triggered a global crisis that… Read more »

Source: European Rotors, 16-Apr-20

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Northern HeliCopter Secures HEMS Contract for German Offshore Wind Farms

Northern HeliCopter Secures HEMS Contract for German Offshore Wind Farms

Northern HeliCopter GmbH has won a contract to provide rescue services for the Riffgat and Alpha Ventus offshore wind farms in Germany. See Full Story.

Source: offshoreWIND.biz, 09-Apr-20

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First use with DRF Luftrettung EpiShuttle for Civil Air Ambulance

First use with DRF Luftrettung EpiShuttle for Civil Air Ambulance

The Civil Air Ambulance (AMB) intensive care helicopter, which is primarily provided for the transport of COVID-19 patients, has been in use for a good week. Last week, the helicopter was the first in the DRF fleet to be equipped with an EpiShuttle and has already completed its first operation with the special insulating stretcher:… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 09-Apr-20

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Rheinmetall modernizing German NH90 flight simulators

Rheinmetall modernizing German NH90 flight simulators

As part of the Helicopter Flight Training Systems (HFTS) GmbH team, Rheinmetall is modernizing flight simulators for the German Army Aviation Corps’ NH90 helicopters. A contract to this effect was signed at the end of December 2019. For Rheinmetall, the order is worth a figure in the lower double-digit euro million range. Awarded to HFTS,… Read more »

Source: Rheinmetall, 21-Feb-20

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DRF Luftrettung expands its H145 and H135 fleet

DRF Luftrettung expands its H145 and H135 fleet

Airbus Helicopters and DRF Luftrettung have signed a contract for the purchase of 15 new H145s, three H135s and the retrofit of their current 20 H145s to the five-bladed version. This will bring the H145 fleet of the German Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) to 35 helicopters, making them the biggest operator of the five-bladed H145 in… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 28-Jan-20

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Universal Avionics SkyVis™ Selected for new German H215s

Universal Avionics SkyVis™ Selected for new German H215s

Universal Avionics, an Elbit Systems Company, was selected by Heli-One (Norway) AS to equip the new H215 helicopters of the Bundespolizei – German Federal Police (BPOL) with its SkyVis Helmet Mounted Display (HMD). Universal Avionics will partner with Heli-One to develop a European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the SkyVis on H215… Read more »

Source: Universal Avionics, 28-Jan-20

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CAE to provide German Navy with NH90 training solution

CAE to provide German Navy with NH90 training solution

CAE announced that CAE Elektronik GmbH has signed a contract with the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) to provide the German Navy with a comprehensive training solution for the NH90 Sea Lion helicopter. The German Navy is procuring a fleet of 18 NH90 Sea Lion helicopters to support search and rescue (SAR) operations and… Read more »

Source: CAE, 30-Dec-19

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Becker delivers ADS-B transponders for German law enforcement AS332s

Becker delivers ADS-B transponders for German law enforcement AS332s

Avionics innovator and digital technology provider Becker Avionics has received STC approval for the Company’s BXT6513 ADS-B transponder, designed specifically for the Special Mission & Law Enforcement ADS-B retrofit market. Heli-One/Norway developed the EASA approved ADS-B out STC on the Super Puma helicopter of Bundespolizei (German Federal Police). This solution provides police and other special… Read more »

Source: Becker Aviation, 11-Nov-19

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Rheinmetall and Sikorsky plan German CH-53K logistics centre

Rheinmetall and Sikorsky plan German CH-53K logistics centre

In order to support Germany’s “Schwerer Transport¬hubschrauber” (STH) heavy lift helicopter program, Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, and Rheinmetall announced that they intend to set up a logistics and fleet management center at Leipzig/Halle Airport if the Bundeswehr selects the CH-53K as its next heavy-lift transport helicopter. This will create numerous high-tech jobs and strengthen… Read more »

Source: Rheinmetall, 04-Nov-19

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Airbus delivers first NH90 Sea Lion to the German Armed Forces

Airbus delivers first NH90 Sea Lion to the German Armed Forces

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first NH90 Sea Lion naval multi-role helicopter to the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw), with a further two to be delivered by the end of the year. In total, 18 Sea Lions have been ordered for the Germany Navy, with deliveries expected to be… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 25-Oct-19

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ST Engineering to support German NH90 fleet

ST Engineering to support German NH90 fleet

Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering) announced that its Aerospace and Electronics sectors have secured new contracts with a combined value of about $1.8b for the third quarter (3Q) of 2019. Contracts by the Aerospace sector worth about $1.0b The Aerospace sector secured various contracts amounting to $1.0b across its spectrum of aviation manufacturing and… Read more »

Source: ST Engineering, 24-Oct-19

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Tender issued for German wind farm rescue helicopter

Tender issued for German wind farm rescue helicopter

EnBW has issued a tender for a rescue helicopter to service the Hohe See and Albatros offshore wind projects in Germany. See Full Story.

Source: offshore WIND, 08-Oct-19

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German NH90s get upgrade with Rohde & Schwarz radios

German NH90s get upgrade with Rohde & Schwarz radios

The NH90 Sea LION carries improved communications equipment, which means that it can be used in international air space under network centric warfare conditions. The NH90 Sea LION helicopter recently completed a series of demonstrations for the German Navy, covering search and rescue and navy reconnaissance missions, and delivery of Special Forces equipment. The German… Read more »

Source: Rohde & Schwarz, 12-Aug-19

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Christoph 47 with blood and plasma preserves in use

Christoph 47 with blood and plasma preserves in use

The helicopter of the DRF Luftrettung of the Greifswald station is the first in Germany to not only carry blood but also plasma in its operations. Together, the DRF Luftrettung and the University Medical Center Greifswald have succeeded in establishing a scientifically proven procedure that enables the rapid transport of blood products by helicopter. This… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 23-Jul-19

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Wiking signs for two AW139s

Wiking signs for two AW139s

Leonardo announced the signing of a contract valued at 30 million euro for two AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters with Wiking Helikopter Service GmbH of Germany. The aircraft, which are expected to be delivered in 2019 and 2020, will be used to perform offshore transport operations in Northern Europe, further expanding the AW139 fleet of… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 21-Jun-19

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Sikorsky Formally Responds To Call For Competition

Sikorsky Formally Responds To Call For Competition

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), formally responded to the German Air Force “Schwerer Transporthubschrauber” (STH) Program call for competition. Sikorsky expects to offer the most modern heavy lift helicopter in production, the CH-53K King Stallion, in response to the official Request for Proposals, which is expected this summer. The new STH heavy lifter… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 11-Jun-19

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Heli-One wins German AS332L1 and EC215 upgrade contract

Heli-One wins German AS332L1 and EC215 upgrade contract

Heli-One, a leading provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO), is pleased to announce a helicopter upgrade contract with the German Federal Ministry of Interior to modify their incoming Airbus H215 fleet and existing AS332 aircraft. The upgrade project covers four H215s with an option for an additional 16 AS332L1/H215 aircraft and in its… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 24-May-19

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DRF Luftrettung performed 40,090 air rescue missions in 2018

DRF Luftrettung performed 40,090 air rescue missions in 2018

Medical air rescue as provided by DRF Luftrettung (German Air Rescue) is developing into an ever more important sector. The rapid evolving technology in air operations through to medical care is reflected in the increased number of air rescue missions in 2018. DRF Luftrettung crews were called out 40,090 times which corresponds to a 4%… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 09-May-19

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13-Feb-19 D-HJMD Airbus EC135P2 Neustadt an der Orla, Germany

EMS helicopter landed in a skate park and became entangled with a skateboarding “grind pole”. Helicopter slightly damaged, but roaded out for inspection before flying again.

13-Feb-19

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Airbus Germany signs framework contract with SGL Carbon

Airbus Germany signs framework contract with SGL Carbon

The helicopter manufacturer Airbus Helicopters Germany and SGL Carbon have been working together for years in the field of processing composite materials for aircraft doors of the Airbus Group. In the future, the cooperation with Airbus will be extended to applications for the helicopter sector and further intensified. The two companies have defined the framework… Read more »

Source: SGL Carbon, 04-Feb-19

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DRF Luftrettung opens 10th night flight station

DRF Luftrettung opens 10th night flight station

At the turn of the year, DRF Luftrettung put the Bautzen station into operation – and thus its tenth night-flight station nationwide. No other air rescue organization in Germany operates so many 24-hour stations. Throughout Europe, DRF air rescue is among the civil operators of the night-flight expert, with the most flying hours in the… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 14-Jan-19

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German Federal Police strengthens Super Puma fleet

German Federal Police strengthens Super Puma fleet

The German Federal Police (Bundespolizei) has taken delivery of three heavy H215 helicopters, with a fourth to follow in June 2019. These twin-engine multi-role Super Pumas will enter operation at the beginning of 2020 supporting the Central Command for Maritime Emergencies (CCME), which oversees maritime missions off of Germany’s coast. “The H215’s speed, long-distance performance… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 21-Dec-18

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Babcock closes German operation

Babcock closes German operation

Shortly after announcing a £100 Million write-down of their oil and gas helicopter operation (likely referring to the loss of value in their fleet of thirteen AS332L2/EC225, but not specifically stated), British-based engineering company Babcock has now closed its helicopter operation on Germany. Trading under the name of Babcock MCS Germany, the company operated primarily… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 28-Nov-18

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Germany expecting delay in CH-53G replacement tender

Germany expecting delay in CH-53G replacement tender

The German Defence Ministry may have to delay a $4.56 billion tender for the replacement of their CH-52G helicopters. The funding is not yet secured, with the Finance Ministry pushing for a larger budget for digitalisation and infrastructure. The bidding process for the contract was supposed to be started this year, but finance issues may… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Aug-18

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Boeing partners with 10 German Aerospace Companies

Boeing partners with 10 German Aerospace Companies

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and ten German aerospace companies reached agreements today to partner on a range of business opportunities on the H-47 Chinook, a contender in Germany’s STH heavy-lift helicopter competition. The agreements with AERO-Bildungs GmbH, Aircraft Philipp, CAE Elektronik GmbH, COTESA, Diehl Defence, Honeywell, Liebherr-Aerospace, Reiser Simulation and Training GmbH, Rockwell Collins, and Rolls-Royce… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 26-Apr-18

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CH-53K arrives in Germany for international debut

CH-53K arrives in Germany for international debut

 A CH-53K heavy lift helicopter built by Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), arrived in Holzdorf, Germany, ahead of its international debut at the ILA Berlin Air Show next month. This is the first time a King Stallion helicopter has been loaded into a C-17 Globemaster and transported to the base of a European ally. “We are excited for… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 03-Apr-18

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Agrarflug Helilift buys EC225

Agrarflug Helilift buys EC225

German operator Agrarflug Helilift has bought an Airbus H225.  The aircraft was the consecutive registration to the H225 which had the accident off Bergen in Norway in April 2016, and was shown on the local Norwegian Aircraft register as owned by “Sparebank 1 SR-Finans AS”.  Sparebank1 is a consortium of Norwegian banks. Agrarflug specialises in… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Mar-18

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Milestone Aviation provides four new H135 helicopters to ADAC

Milestone Aviation provides four new H135 helicopters to ADAC

Milestone Aviation Group (“Milestone”), a GE Capital Aviation Services company (“GECAS”) and the global leader in helicopter leasing announced the lease of four Airbus H135 helicopters to ADAC Luftfahrt Technik GmbH (“ADAC”) in Germany. Two aircraft delivered this month with two more scheduled to deliver in April and May 2018; all aircraft were sourced from… Read more »

Source: Milestone Aviation, 19-Mar-18

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MTU Aero, Sikorsky to jointly bid for German helicopter contract

MTU Aero, Sikorsky to jointly bid for German helicopter contract

Germany’s leading engine manufacturer and U.S.-based helicop-ter manufacturer Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company have jointly entered into an agree-ment for MTU to provide maintenance, repair and overhaul of the engines for the German Air Force with new heavy lift helicopters to replace its aging CH-53G fleet of aircraft. Sikorsky, MTU Aero Engines and GE Aviation… Read more »

Source: MTU, 08-Mar-18

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WINDEAcare to provide offshore EMS support during wind farm construction

WINDEAcare to provide offshore EMS support during wind farm construction

EnBW has selected the WINDEAcare medical care concept to be used during the construction of the Hohe See and Albatros offshore wind farms in the German North Sea. As of February 2018, WINDEAcare is responsible for the care and rescue of sick or injured persons 24/7 during the entire installation period of the wind farms…. Read more »

Source: offshoreWIND, 19-Feb-18

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Sikorsky partners with Rheinmetall for German CH-53K bid

Sikorsky partners with Rheinmetall for German CH-53K bid

Rheinmetall and Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) Company signed a strategic teaming agreement for competing in the German Air Force “Schwerer Transporthubschrauber” (STH) Program. Rheinmetall brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Sikorsky STH team. With Sikorsky’s breadth and depth of heavy lift experience and Rheinmetall’s leadership as the lead teammate for… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 08-Feb-18

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ALT wins German military contract with five EC135s

ALT wins German military contract with five EC135s

ADAC Luftfahrt Technik GmbH (ALT) based in the German city of Bonn have won a contract to supply EC135 helicopters to train German military pilots.  The contract was awarded to ALT on 19th December after a competitive tender, and targets a total of 6,500 flying hours over a three year period.  This tender included not… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Jan-18

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Wiking Helikopter welcomes second H145 to Jade Weser Airport

Wiking Helikopter welcomes second H145 to Jade Weser Airport

WIKING Helicopter Service GmbH today welcomed the second H145 from Airbus Helicopters on the base at JadeWeserAirport. Almost a year ago, the renewal of the “Alpha Echo” D-HOAE began Helicopter fleet by taking over the first Airbus Helicopters H145 for offshore use. This new Hubscharuber has now in very demanding use over the North Sea… Read more »

Source: Wiking Helikopter Service, 14-Dec-17

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German supplier wins five year Chinook parts contract from Boeing

German supplier wins five year Chinook parts contract from Boeing

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Aircraft Philipp Group GmbH today signed a five-year contract to manufacture machine parts for the global fleet of the H-47 Chinook heavy-lift helicopter at its facilities in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg. This is the first Boeing contract with Aircraft Philipp Group, which joins Boeing’s significant supplier base of more than 35 companies… Read more »

Source: Boeing, 20-Nov-17

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Northern HeliCopter wins six year wind farm contract

Northern HeliCopter wins six year wind farm contract

German operator Northern HeliCopter has won a six year contract in support of the Wikinger offshore wind farm.  The installation is 75km off the Island of Rügen, and will consist of 70 Adwen 5MW turbines and one offshore substation with a helideck.  Spanish owned engergy company Iberdrola is investing €1.4 billion to construct Wikinger, the company’s first… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Nov-17

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DRF Luftrettung appoints new Chairman

DRF Luftrettung appoints new Chairman

[electronic translation]  The Supervisory Board of the DRF Foundation Luftrettung gemeinnützige AG Dr. Dr. Krystian Pracz, 48, as Chairman of the Board. He will start his work on 6 November 2017. The promoted physicist has many years of international experience in management, especially in the fields of corporate development, market and portfolio development as well as digital… Read more »

Source: DRF Luftrettung, 17-Oct-17

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Waypoint takes leased H225 to Helitech for Airbus

Waypoint takes leased H225 to Helitech for Airbus

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced a Waypoint Airbus H225 helicopter, operating on lease to Global Helicopter Service GmbH (“GHS”), will be used as a demonstrator and display aircraft at the Helitech International Helicopter Expo (“Helitech”), to take place at the ExCeL Convention Centre, London from 3-5 Oct… Read more »

Source: Waypoint, 03-Oct-17

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Germany ends Tiger Helicopter Grounding

Germany ends Tiger Helicopter Grounding

Airbus Tiger attack helicopters have been given approval by the German military to resume flights. The Tiger helicopters were grounded after a fatal crash in Mali. Pilots are now having to adhere to certain speed and weight restrictions, as well as the amount of autopilot usage, reports DFNS.net Air.

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Sep-17

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UK training school to exhibit at German careers event

UK training school to exhibit at German careers event

It’s now less than two weeks to go until the 16th September, when we’ll be over in Germany exhibiting with Pilot Careers Live at the Maritim ProArte Hotel in Berlin! We’re looking forward to meeting prospective trainee pilots from all over Europe and hope to be able to give an insight into the training and… Read more »

Source: Helicentre Aviation, 11-Sep-17

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German operator Air Lloyd wins pipeline contract

German operator Air Lloyd wins pipeline contract

German operator Air Lloyd has won a gas pipeline contract with Gasunie, a Dutch-owned operator, the EU tenders website TED has announced.  This company has a pipeline network in both their native Netherlands and Germany, and have recently awarded separate helicopter patrol contracts for each part.  Gasunie is contracting Air Lloyd to patrol approximately 2,200… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Aug-17

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German Tiger broke up in flight before Mali crash

German Tiger broke up in flight before Mali crash

A German military helicopter that crashed while flying a peacekeeping mission in Mali began to break up while in flight, losing its rotor, according to a defence ministry report seen by Reuters.  See full story

Source: Reuters, 09-Aug-17

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Germany Defends their Tiger Helicopters after Mali Crash

Germany Defends their Tiger Helicopters after Mali Crash

Wednesday saw a fatal crash of one of Germany’s Tiger helicopters, which killed two of its crew members in Mali. The German defence ministry sent four Tiger helicopters to Mali as part of a U.N peacekeeping project. The helicopters were not shot down or brought down by attack and indications show there might have been… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Aug-17

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DLR makes rotor noise and vibration advances with Airbus Germany

DLR makes rotor noise and vibration advances with Airbus Germany

Under some operating conditions, rotors are the main source of noise produced by a helicopter. To reduce this noise and the simultaneous vibrations, the German Aerospace Centre (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR), together with Airbus Helicopters Deutschland, has tested active rotor control on a modern, five-blade rotor in a wind tunnel as part of… Read more »

Source: DLR, 01-Aug-17

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Airbus Bids for German Procurement Programme

Airbus Bids for German Procurement Programme

Airbus has proposed that domestic firms receive a cut of the €4 billion contract that the German government has set aside for their next generation of low-risk heavy-lift helicopters. But due to their demands, the government is currently looking to Lockheed Martin and Boeing for their existing heavy-lift military units. Although the project must still… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Jul-17

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EU approves €377 million state aid for Airbus X6

EU approves €377 million state aid for Airbus X6

The European Commission has approved under EU state aid rules €377 million of French and German support to develop the innovative Airbus X6 heavy helicopter. The project will significantly contribute to research and innovation in the EU without unduly distorting competition in the Single Market. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “The French and… Read more »

Source: The European Commission, 07-Jul-17

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Sikorsky expects over 200 export orders for CH-53K

Sikorsky expects over 200 export orders for CH-53K

Sikorsky hopes to gain a 200 export order for their new CH-53K King Stallion heavy lift helicopter. Both Germany and Israel are looking to replace their aging fleets of CH-53s with Sikorsky’s newest CH-53K King Stallion. Germany seems the most likely opportunity, as they plan to release a RFP by 2018. Their competition for the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Jun-17

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02-Jun-17 D-HFCQ Robinson R44 Rostock, Germany

Main blades struck street light on final approach to land at the Hohe Düne marina, and the instability created led to the crash.  Tail (including rotor) separated in the accident.  The complete scene is best seen in this YouTube video. Light injuries to the 4 POB – although some reports say 3 POB and one… Read more »

02-Jun-17

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31-May-17 Boeing AH-64 Dornstadt-Tomerdingen, Germany

Emergency landing in a field of crop. No apparent damage from photos in press.  Quote > Instruments indicated that the hydraulics powering the flight control system had a loss in pressure, prompting a “land-as-soon-as-possible condition”

31-May-17

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Airbus delivers an H145 to the Saxony-Anhalt police

Airbus delivers an H145 to the Saxony-Anhalt police

Airbus Helicopters has handed over an H145 to the helicopter squadron of the Saxony-Anhalt state police. The aircraft will be used for the entire spectrum of police tasks. Following in Baden-Württemberg and North Rhine-Westphalia’s footsteps, Saxony-Anhalt is the third federal state in Germany to have purchased the helicopter.   The helicopter’s equipment includes a thermal… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 26-May-17

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Safran signs contract to support German NH90 engines

Safran signs contract to support German NH90 engines

Safran Helicopter Engines has signed a 7-year support contract with BAAINBw (Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support) to support RTM322-powered NH90 operated by the German Army (Heer) and German Navy (Marine). This contract will support a total fleet of around 100 NH90 (82 TTH and 18 NTH). Formerly supported by previous… Read more »

Source: Safran Helicopter Engines, 19-May-17

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RotorSchmiede VA115 becomes first ultralight helicopter approved in Germany

RotorSchmiede VA115 becomes first ultralight helicopter approved in Germany

RotorSchmiede, a company division of China’s DEA General Aviation, is pleased to announce that it has been issued with a “Permit to Fly” from LBA, Germany’s Federal Aviation Office,   for a prototype of its new VA115 Co-axial helicopter.  It becomes the first in a new category of ultra-light helicopters to receive this approval under Germany’s… Read more »

Source: RotorSchmiede, 24-Mar-17

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Motorflug starts German military training contract with JetRangers

Motorflug starts German military training contract with JetRangers

German operator Motorflug has commenced operations this week on the military training contract at the Buckeburg base.  Motorflug were awarded the contract in December 2016 after successfully bidding with six Bell 206 JetRangers. After the German military made the decision to discontinue using Bo105s, they needed a basic training helicopter, and most basic level aircraft… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Mar-17

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New simulation software improves helicopter pilot training

New simulation software improves helicopter pilot training

Missions at sea, in mountainous regions or close to skyscrapers are extremely risky for helicopter pilots. The turbulent air flows near oil rigs, ships, cliffs and tall buildings can throw a helicopter off balance and cause a crash. To provide pilots with optimal preparation for these challenging conditions, engineers at the Technical University of Munich… Read more »

Source: Technical University of Munich, 05-Mar-17

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