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Airbus and SKYTRAC Formalize Long-term Supply Chain Agreement

Airbus and SKYTRAC Formalize Long-term Supply Chain Agreement

22-Jun-2021Source: SKYTRAC

SKYTRAC, a leader in satellite communications (Satcom) and intelligent connectivity solutions, announced that it has signed a long-term agreement with Airbus Helicopters, Inc.  that will enable customers to select SKYTRAC avionics on newly purchased helicopters including the popular H145, H160, H175 and H225 models. “SKYTRAC and Airbus Helicopters have a longstanding history, and we are... Read more

Japan Coast Guard to add two more Airbus H225s

Japan Coast Guard to add two more Airbus H225s

5-Apr-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

Japan Coast Guard (JCG) will expand its fleet with two new H225 helicopters, taking its total Super Puma fleet up to 17, comprising two AS332s and 15 H225s. The largest Super Puma operator in Japan received its tenth H225 in February this year. The new helicopters will join its growing fleet to support territorial coastal... Read more

Milestone Aviation adds 11 Airbus H225 to Air Center Helicopters’ Fleet

Milestone Aviation adds 11 Airbus H225 to Air Center Helicopters’ Fleet

12-Feb-2021

The Milestone Aviation Group Limited (“Milestone”), a GECAS company and the global leader in helicopter leasing has announced that it has added 11 Airbus H225 helicopters to the Air Center Helicopters, Inc (“ACHI”) fleet. The aircraft will be delivered throughout 2021 and 2022 and will primarily be used for utility, training and transport missions for... Read more

Safran signs by-the-hour support contract with State Grid General Aviation Company

Safran signs by-the-hour support contract with State Grid General Aviation Company

16-Dec-2020Source: Safran

Safran Helicopter Engines has signed a Support-By-Hour (SBH®) contract with State Grid General Aviation Company (SGGAC), covering their H215 and H225 fleets. This contract formalizes a long-term MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul) and service agreement supporting a total of 4 Makila engines. This contract also includes the renewal of SBH® support for 14 Arriel 2D... Read more

Airbus AS332 EC225 – Proposed AD 20-140 – Placards and Markings

Airbus AS332 EC225 – Proposed AD 20-140 – Placards and Markings

11-Sep-2020Source: EASA

This Proposed AD will be closed for consultation on 09 October 2020 During review of existing emergency exit placards, attached to or located near to the cabin sliding doors (both left-hand (LH) and right-hand (RH) sides), to verify that they provide an accurate illustration of the proper method of sliding doors emergency opening, it was... Read more

Japan’s National Police Agency orders five new helicopters

Japan’s National Police Agency orders five new helicopters

25-Jun-2020Source: Airbus Helicopters

Japan’s National Police Agency (NPA) has ordered one new H225 and four H135 helicopters as part of its fleet modernisation programme. Currently operating 12 H135, four H155 and six AS365 helicopters, with one H215 and two H225 already on order, NPA deploys its growing fleet for missions including law enforcement, personnel and VIP transport, goods... Read more

Japan Coast Guard orders two more H225

Japan Coast Guard orders two more H225

6-Apr-2020Source: Airbus Helicopters

Japan’s largest Super Puma operator, Japan Coast Guard (JCG), has placed a new order of two H225 helicopters. This follow-on order brings JCG’s Super Puma fleet to 15, comprising two AS332s and 13 H225s. The new helicopters will be utilised for territorial coastal activities, security enforcement, as well as disaster relief missions in Japan. “We... Read more

Heli-One develops new H225 mods

Heli-One develops new H225 mods

28-Jan-2020Source: Heli-One

Heli-One, a leading provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, has developed several new H225 modifications for HEMS purpose. The modifications are a modular medical equipment wall and stretcher installation. These modifications support HEMS teams with improved flexibility and efficiency while maintaining patient and crew safety. Updated Medical Wall This is the third... Read more

Rotortrade Selects Heli-One To Perform Two H225 Return-to-Service

Rotortrade Selects Heli-One To Perform Two H225 Return-to-Service

28-Jan-2020Source: Heli-One

Heli-One, a leading provider of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, will perform two Return-to-Service programs for two H225s for Rotortrade, a leading international helicopter distributor. The work will take place at Heli-One Poland in Rzeszow, Poland.   Rotortrade had lead the way in managing, re-purposing and re-marketing the 11-ton Heavy Helicopter Super Puma... Read more

Far East air force looking to lease eight utility helicopters

Far East air force looking to lease eight utility helicopters

20-Jan-2020Source: HeliHub.com

After flying a helicopter type for 51 years, and having operated a total of 43 aircraft, it would appear surprising that an air force has made the decision to ground a helicopter type on safety grounds rather than retire it from service. The New Straits Times reported last week that the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF)... Read more

Air Center signs HCare Smart contract for Airbus H225 fleet

Air Center signs HCare Smart contract for Airbus H225 fleet

4-Nov-2019Source: Airbus Helicopters

Air Center Helicopters, Inc (ACHI) has signed a set of HCare Smart parts-by-the-hour contracts for 10 of its Airbus H225 helicopters. These aircraft are currently in operation with the U.S. Armed Forces for passenger transport, Special Operations Forces training, vertical replenishment and casualty evacuation missions. The HCare Smart contracts cover a three-year period and have been customized to meet the material support and spare parts requirements... Read more

31-Oct-19 HL9619 Airbus EC225 Dokdo, Korea (7F)

31-Oct-19 HL9619 Airbus EC225 Dokdo, Korea (7F)

1-Nov-2019

SAR helicopter ditched and located in 72m of water shortly after taking off at 11.26pm on a rescue mission.  7 POB missing There are four EC225s registered in Korea at present.  HeliHub research shows that the subject aircraft is either HL9472 (msn 2702) or HL9619 (msn 2987)... Read more

Air Greenland selects Airbus H225 for SAR

Air Greenland selects Airbus H225 for SAR

4-Oct-2019Source: Airbus Helicopters

Air Greenland has ordered two Airbus H225 heavy helicopters to support its bid to win its home country’s search and rescue (SAR) contract. Under the terms of a firm contract assisted by Airbus Helicopters, two H225s repurposed from the oil and gas industry will be delivered over the coming months to replace the ageing S-61... Read more

Safran and Thai Aviation Industries strengthen partnership

Safran and Thai Aviation Industries strengthen partnership

3-Jul-2019Source: Safran Helicopter Engines

Safran Helicopter Engines and Thai Aviation Industries (TAI) signed an agreement to extend their support to helicopter engines used by the Royal Thai Armed Forces and Thai parapublic operators. The agreement marks a new stage in a partnership that began in 2017, with Safran supporting Makila used on H225 operated by the Royal Thai Air... Read more

Airbus signs MoU with Pawan Hans for H145 and H225, plus AS365 support

Airbus signs MoU with Pawan Hans for H145 and H225, plus AS365 support

20-Jun-2019Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters and Pawan Hans Limited (PHL) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on the future introduction of two new categories of rotorcraft in the PHL fleet as well as for the repair, maintenance and overhaul of its existing AS365N Dauphin helicopters. The MoU, signed by Air Commodore Dayasagar, Executive Director at... Read more

Airbus Helicopters supports modernisation of training centre in Ukraine

Airbus Helicopters supports modernisation of training centre in Ukraine

19-Jun-2019Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters has accelerated the set-up of new pilot and technician training capabilities in Ukraine. The company will be delivering an H225 Full Flight Simulator (FFS) that will be based in Krementchuk, as well as delivering the first two H125 for pilot training purposes by the end of December 2019. “We are very proud to announce that we are... Read more

Malaysia becomes regional simulation hub with AS365 and H225 FFS

Malaysia becomes regional simulation hub with AS365 and H225 FFS

3-Jun-2019Source: Airbus Helicopters

In the frame of the new Airbus Helicopters South East Asia Pacific (SEAP) regional set-up, the AS365 and H225 Full Flight Simulators (FFS), now both located in Airbus Helicopters Simulation Center (AHSC) Kuala Lumpur facilities, were successfully re-qualified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Both are qualified as dual FFS Level B / FTD... Read more

Icelandic Coast Guard upgrades to Airbus H225

Icelandic Coast Guard upgrades to Airbus H225

3-Apr-2019Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters is supporting the Icelandic Coast Guard (ICG) with the entry into service of two Airbus H225 heavy search and rescue (SAR) helicopters as the first step in a renewal of the agency’s helicopter fleet. The aircraft are replacing two of the ICG’s three existing Airbus AS332L1 Super Pumas, the first of which entered... Read more

Aerometals Developing Innovative Airbus H225 Engine Inlet Barrier Filter System

Aerometals Developing Innovative Airbus H225 Engine Inlet Barrier Filter System

12-Mar-2019Source: Aerometals

Aftermarket aircraft parts manufacturer and engine inlet barrier filter (IBF) innovator, Aerometals has announced a developmental program to certify an engine inlet barrier filter system for the Airbus H225 transport category helicopter. Due to industry demand, Aerometals has entered a cooperative agreement with engine manufacturer Safran Helicopter Engines to develop the next generation engine inlet... Read more

Japan Coast Guard expands Super Puma fleet

Japan Coast Guard expands Super Puma fleet

8-Mar-2019Source: Airbus Helicopters

Japan’s largest Super Puma operator, Japan Coast Guard (JCG), has acquired an additional H225. With the new helicopter, JCG’s Super Puma fleet will include two AS332s and 11 H225s, for security enforcement, territorial coastal activities, and disaster relief missions in Japan. “We are delighted at how our Super Puma helicopters have continued to remain relevant... Read more

Safran signs support contracts with Icelandic Coast Guard

Safran signs support contracts with Icelandic Coast Guard

8-Mar-2019Source: Safran Helicopter Engines

Safran Helicopter Engines has signed a Support-By-Hour (SBH®) contract with Icelandic Coast Guard, covering two H225. This contract formalizes a five year Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) agreement supporting a total of 4 Makila 2A1 engines. Commented Höskuldur Ólafsson, Icelandic Coast Guard, Helicopter Director Maintenance: “With this contract, we will benefit from a the best... Read more

Ukrainian Ministry of Interior takes delivery of its first H225s

Ukrainian Ministry of Interior takes delivery of its first H225s

3-Jan-2019Source: Airbus Helicopters

Kick-starting the modernisation of Ukraine’s helicopter fleet, Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first two H225s, out of an order for 21 aircraft, to the Ukrainian Ministry of Interior. One aircraft is destined for search and rescue missions and the other one will be operated by the National Guard for law enforcement missions. The H225 helicopters were... Read more

Airbus reaches H225 compensation deal with Citic Offshore Helicopter

Airbus reaches H225 compensation deal with Citic Offshore Helicopter

5-Dec-2018Source: HeliHub.com

Airbus will be paying compensation to Citic Offshore Helicopter in order to recompense for the suspension of eight of their H225 helicopters. They will be paying $15.9 million in credit notes as well as offering a discount should Citic purchase any new Airbus helicopters before 31 December 2022, reports YiCai Global.... Read more

Heli-One and Air Center Sign Agreement

Heli-One and Air Center Sign Agreement

5-Dec-2018Source: Heli_One

Heli-One, a leading provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce they will be supporting Air Center Helicopters’ Airbus H225 helicopters through a multi-year parts-by-the-hour (PBH) contract. This contract covers airframe and a combination of dynamics, small components, and avionics. By leveraging Heli-One’s H225 inventory and expertise, Air Center will... Read more

Heli-One to Install Search and Rescue Cabin Configuration for H225s

Heli-One to Install Search and Rescue Cabin Configuration for H225s

17-Oct-2018Source: Heli-One

Heli-One, a leading provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, will be installing Search and Rescue (SAR) cabin modifications for two Airbus H225s owned by Knut Axel Ugland Holding (KAUH). The modifications include a stretcher with base plate and a medical equipment wall. The aircraft will also be undergoing Return-to-Service maintenance and a... Read more

Bergen H225 Final Accident Report : Comprehensive and Worrying

Bergen H225 Final Accident Report : Comprehensive and Worrying

10-Aug-2018Source: Allan Blake

It seems a long time ago. On 29th April 2016, the Main Rotor Head and mast suddenly detached from an Airbus Helicopters H225 flying from Gullfaks B to Bergen Airport Flesland. The helicopter impacted on a small island east of Turøy.  As the final accident report is published our thoughts have to be with the... Read more

Ukrainian military signs for 55 Airbus helicopters

Ukrainian military signs for 55 Airbus helicopters

23-Jul-2018Source: Airbus Helicopters

Following the Intergovernmental Agreement signed between France and Ukraine on 8 June, Airbus Helicopters has signed a contract with the Ukrainian Ministry of Interior for the purchase of 55 civil helicopters destined for search and rescue (SAR), public services, and emergency medical service (EMS) missions in the country. The 55 aircraft include 21 repurposed H225s,... Read more

Japan Coast Guard signs HCare Smart for its H225 fleet

Japan Coast Guard signs HCare Smart for its H225 fleet

20-Jul-2018Source: Airbus Helicopters

Japan Coast Guard (JCG) has signed with Airbus Helicopters for an HCare Smart full-by-the-hour material management contract, for a period of five years. Beginning in July, the contract will cover comprehensive maintenance support, including parts-bythe-hour for JCG’s H225 fleet. With the provision of all the parts needed for the maintenance of the rotorcraft in one... Read more

Airbus pays Era $40 Million linked to EC225

Airbus pays Era $40 Million linked to EC225

10-Jul-2018Source: Era Group

The following statement, issued by Era Group to the US Securities & Exchange Commission (original here), states that Airbus has agreed a $42 Million payout to Era relating to the operators purchase of eleven H225s. “On July 3, 2018, Era Group Inc. (the “Company”) and Era Helicopters, LLC (together with the Company “Era”), entered into... Read more

Airbus have sold 21 ex-CHC H225s to Ukraine

Airbus have sold 21 ex-CHC H225s to Ukraine

27-Jun-2018Source: HeliHub.com

Following our detailed analysis of the H225/AS332L2 fleet movements yesterday there is one other key contract for H225s which we can now provide more details to. In late May, the French Government announced that Airbus signed a €555 million ($643M) deal with Ukraine for 55 helicopters.  The Ukraine Government have said that this covers 24... Read more

Airbus H225s finding new homes onshore

Airbus H225s finding new homes onshore

26-Jun-2018Source: HeliHub.com

It is a widely held view that the H225 (and AS332L2) has no future in the offshore oil and gas market after a “perfect storm” of two key factors which grounded the type from civilian operations worldwide.  HeliHub.com estimates 126 H225s and AS332L2s are currently in storage around the world, as well as eight Sikorsky... Read more

Heli-One Adapting Vertical Reference Door STC

Heli-One Adapting Vertical Reference Door STC

1-Jun-2018Source: Heli-One

Heli-One, a leading provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, now offers their existing market-leading Super Puma and H225 Vertical Reference Door supplemental type certificate (STC) for the Airbus H215 variant. This modification is well-suited for the H215 (a variant in the Super Puma/Cougar family) utilized for aerial and utility work. This feature... Read more

Japan Coast Guard orders one more H225

Japan Coast Guard orders one more H225

25-Apr-2018Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters has secured an additional order of one H225 helicopter from the Japan Coast Guard (JCG), bringing JCG’s H225 fleet to ten units. JCG currently operates three AS332s and five H225s, both from the Super Puma family. With this new order, the customer’s Super Puma fleet will grow to 13 units by March 2021, becoming the largest Super Puma... Read more

Agrarflug Helilift buys EC225

Agrarflug Helilift buys EC225

29-Mar-2018Source: HeliHub.com

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

Airbus fly image processing system on H225 testbed

Airbus fly image processing system on H225 testbed

15-Dec-2017Source: Airbus Helicopters

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

Two SAR H225s ordered by National 119 Rescue in Korea

Two SAR H225s ordered by National 119 Rescue in Korea

5-Dec-2017Source: Airbus Helicopters

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

Rotortrade initiates RTS of 3 H255s

Rotortrade initiates RTS of 3 H255s

31-Oct-2017Source: Rotortrade Services

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

Airbus boss Faury flies in H225 to demo confidence in type

Airbus boss Faury flies in H225 to demo confidence in type

4-Oct-2017Source: HeliHub.com

Airbus CEO, Guillaume Faury, landed at the Helitech Expo in a Super Puma H225 to demonstrate the renewed safety of the helicopter type. The H225s were grounded after a fatal crash in Norway, where 13 people died. Since then, they have been cleared to fly, but operators in the North Sea are reluctant to reintroduce... Read more

Waypoint takes leased H225 to Helitech for Airbus

Waypoint takes leased H225 to Helitech for Airbus

3-Oct-2017Source: Waypoint

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

Airbus takes H225 to Helitech

Airbus takes H225 to Helitech

2-Oct-2017Source: HeliHub.com

Airbus Helicopters have brought an H225 to the Helitech International show which starts tomorrow at the ExCeL exhibition centre close to London City Airport.  The helicopter touched down around 11.15L this morning.  In an attempt to improve the PR surrounding the helicopter type, Airbus has brought an example which they had stored at the factory... Read more

Two thirds of passengers unlikely to fly in H225 ever again

Two thirds of passengers unlikely to fly in H225 ever again

12-Sep-2017Source: HeliHub.com

Airbus Helicopters has made the results of its survey available to operators and oil companies, but not officially to the press.  However, we have validated from a reliable source that 62% of respondents say they are most unlikely to, or will never, fly in the H225 again.  Airbus are trying to compare this to the... Read more

Bristow vocalise current H225 thought process

Bristow vocalise current H225 thought process

15-Aug-2017Source: SeekingAlpha

In a recent investor call, Jonathan Baliff – President and CEO of Bristow Group – said the following on the company’s position on the Airbus H225 helicopter and their current plans for its Return To Service. “You may be aware that the civil aviation authorities in the United Kingdom and Norway recently issued directives that... Read more

Era sees no rapid return to service for EC225 fleet

Era sees no rapid return to service for EC225 fleet

13-Aug-2017Source: HeliHub.com

Although Airbus’s H225s have been cleared for use after their recent suspension following the fatal crash in Norway, Era Group has commented that they do not see a return to service for their nine H225s. They are also in a court battle with Airbus as they claim Airbus knew full well the safety issues with... Read more

HeliOffshore collaborates on EC225 safety case

HeliOffshore collaborates on EC225 safety case

18-Jul-2017Source: HeliOffshore

HeliOffshore operators are working with UK and Norwegian authorities to release the technical data used to justify their decision on 7 July to lift operating restrictions on Airbus Helicopters H225LP and AS332L2 Super Puma helicopters. The offshore helicopter industry’s global safety association says that without having all available data its members cannot determine whether or... Read more

Japan Coast Guard orders three more H225s

Japan Coast Guard orders three more H225s

26-Jun-2017Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters has been awarded a contract from the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) for the purchase of three additional H225s. This new order will bring the JCG’s total H225 fleet to nine units by February 2020. The JCG already placed an order for a sixth H225 in 2016, which will be delivered in 2018. Under... Read more

Heli-One Completes Two H225 Inspections for National 119

Heli-One Completes Two H225 Inspections for National 119

9-May-2017Source: Heli-One

Heli-One, a leading global provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, has completed inspections for two Airbus H225 aircraft (1-year and 8-year inspections) for South Korea’s National 119. The inspections were completed simultaneously (ten days for 1-year and 7 weeks for 8-year inspection) at two Korean bases in Seoul and Busan, allowing the... Read more

LN-OJF Preliminary Report: H225 Concerns Remain Open

LN-OJF Preliminary Report: H225 Concerns Remain Open

3-May-2017Source: Allan Blake for HeliHub.com

A Preliminary Report into the fatal accident of the CHC operated H225 helicopter LN-OJF by the Accident Investigation Board Norway (AIBN) was issued on April 28th 2017 (“The Report” is located at https://www.aibn.no/Aviation/Investigations/16-286. The detailing of the catastrophic events makes very sad reading indeed, particularly the questions as to: 1. Why two similar catastrophic accidents... Read more

Indonesia remains a key contributor to Airbus Helicopters’ global supply chain

Indonesia remains a key contributor to Airbus Helicopters’ global supply chain

22-Mar-2017Source: Airbus Helicopters

The milestone delivery of the 50th H225 rear fuselage from PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) to Airbus Helicopters at this morning’s ceremony, has once again affirmed Airbus Helicopters’ dedication in the development of a robust and sustainable aerospace industrial ecosystem in Indonesia. It also demonstrated the important role PTDI plays in Airbus Helicopters’ global supply chain.... Read more

Japan Ground Self-Defence Force. Stendhal H225 support contract

Japan Ground Self-Defence Force. Stendhal H225 support contract

21-Feb-2017Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters in Japan has secured a contract extension with Japan’s Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Agency (ATLA), to provide performance-based logistics (PBL) for its H225 (previously known as EC-225 LP) fleet over the next five years, benefitting from Airbus’ new customer fleet availability service offer ‘HCare Infinite’. “We are delighted with the contract renewal by... Read more

Waypoint leases Airbus H225 to GHS for ops in Africa

Waypoint leases Airbus H225 to GHS for ops in Africa

13-Jan-2017Source: Waypoint Leasing

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced that it has agreed to lease one Airbus H225 helicopter to Global Helicopter Service GmbH (“GHS”), a German operator with a strong presence in Africa, for utility and humanitarian support missions. Con Barber, Director of Middle East & Africa Sales and... Read more

Héli-Union receives Appreciation Certificate

Héli-Union receives Appreciation Certificate

13-Jan-2017Source: Heli-Union

Héli-Union received an Appreciation Certificate to acknowledge its safe and efficient services for Woodside’s initial exploration campaign in Myanmar. The certificate was presented by Woodside’s Company Representative to Héli-Union in February 2016, with a presence of an Airbus helicopter delegate. The campaign remarks Myanmar’s first offshore operation utilising H225 (formally known as the EC225). The... Read more

H225s Approved by US FAA

H225s Approved by US FAA

16-Dec-2016Source: HeliHub.com

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved Airbus to continue with their Super Puma line. Their H225s and AS332 L2s have been grounded in Norway and the UK after a fatal crash on the Norwegian coast. Investigators have suggested a second-stage planet gear in the epicyclic module may have disintegrated, causing the crash. In... Read more

Statoil drops Super Puma for ever

Statoil drops Super Puma for ever

6-Dec-2016Source: Reuters

Oil firm Statoil will not resume using AS332/EC225 helicopters even if Norway’s Civil Aviation Authority decides to lift the ban imposed after a fatal crash off Bergen in Norway – reports Reuters... Read more

Avinco to remarket 21 ex-CHC H225 fleet

Avinco to remarket 21 ex-CHC H225 fleet

19-Oct-2016Source: Avinco

Avinco was recently awarded the largest contract of its kind, in charge of recovering, managing and remarketing a fleet of H 225 superpumas previously operated by CHC following the operator’s filing for Chapter 11. Further to the lengthy and complex initial phase consisting of centralising 21 machines spread about the world to one European location,... Read more

Helitech 2016: Return of the H225, part 2

Helitech 2016: Return of the H225, part 2

12-Oct-2016Source: Allan Blake

It must have been with some trepidation that Airbus anticipated attending Helitech this year. For the second time in three years their flagship offshore helicopter, the H225 along with the AS332L2, had been grounded following a tragic accident in Norway on 29th April 2016, leading to an idle fleet of 111 H225s and over $3billion... Read more

UK CAA keeps EC225 and AS332L2 grounded

UK CAA keeps EC225 and AS332L2 grounded

7-Oct-2016Source: CAA

Following the release today by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) of proposals to allow the return to service of Airbus Helicopters’ Super Puma EC225LP and AS332L2, the UK Civil Aviation Authority has confirmed that its existing restriction, prohibiting all commercial flying of this type by UK operators, is to remain in place. The Super... Read more

Norwegian CAA keeps EC225 and AS332L2 grounded

Norwegian CAA keeps EC225 and AS332L2 grounded

7-Oct-2016Source: NCAA

{electronic translation} CAA has, like the British Civil Aviation Authority determined that there is still a flight ban for helicopter types EC225LP and AS332L2 until further notice. This decision follows after Europe’s Aviation Safety Agency EASA today decided to again permit the use of Airbus helicopters EC225LP and AS332L2 Super Puma. The ban on flights... Read more

Botswana Defence Force Buys EC225LP from Spanish Police

Botswana Defence Force Buys EC225LP from Spanish Police

30-Sep-2016Source: HeliHub.com

The Botswana Defence Force Air Wing has recently bought a second hand Airbus Helicopters EC25LP Super Puma Mk. It was originally used by the Spanish Police in 2010 for the National Police Corps Special Operations Group and returned to Airbus Helicopters in 2013 as part payment for their new EC135s. It was in storage up... Read more

Statoil report warns cost cutting should not risk safety

Statoil report warns cost cutting should not risk safety

26-Sep-2016Source: Energy Voice

An internal investigation by oil company Statoil into the cause of the CHC EC225 crash on 29th April 2016, which killed 13 people, has warned safety must not be compromised as operators focus on cost savings.   The company has published a report into the incident, the worst helicopter disaster on the Norwegian Continental Shelf since... Read more

The distressed H225 fleet – A review

The distressed H225 fleet – A review

19-Aug-2016Source: Allan Blake

In an article published on 6th July 2016, “Future of H225 compounded by HUMS investigation remark”, I concluded that “The CHC Chapter 11 process has a long way to run yet.  The outcome for the offshore helicopter market will be significant as strategies for his large fleet emerge from the affected lessors; all of them... Read more

Future of EC225 compounded by HUMS investigation remark

Future of EC225 compounded by HUMS investigation remark

6-Jul-2016Source: Allan Blake

The Chapter 11 insolvency process is a daunting one for companies entering into the procedure, but it can also be a stark reminder to suppliers that the contracts they entered into with debtors can not only be worthless but also leave them with significant additional burdens to consider.  For the CHC Helicopter Group of companies,... Read more

Where next for the Super Puma and EC225?

Where next for the Super Puma and EC225?

29-Jun-2016Source: HeliHub.com

The presentation of an update yesterday on the Norwegian investigation of April’s EC225 accident brings us closer to the issue being one that puts the onus on Airbus rather than CHC – see earlier article. If, and we stress it is still conditional, the final report continues in the same way, then Airbus Helicopters have... Read more

Norwegian EC225 investigation points to gearbox planet gears – again

Norwegian EC225 investigation points to gearbox planet gears – again

29-Jun-2016Source: HeliHub.com

The Accident Investigation Board of Norway (AIBN) has released another update in their investigation of the Airbus EC225 accident which happened on 29th April as the CHC aircraft was returning from the Gullfaks platform to Bergen Airport. Of particular note, they state “At this stage of the investigation, the AIBN finds that the accident most... Read more

CHC puts future EC225 operations in customer hands

CHC puts future EC225 operations in customer hands

9-Jun-2016Source: HeliHub.com

As everyone across the industry, and certainly the offshore helicopter industry, knows, CHC suffered a fatal accident with an Airbus EC225 off Bergen in Norway on 29th April.  As a result both the UK and Norwegian authorities grounded the EC225/H225 and AS332L2, and subsequently NHV/Dancopter voluntarily followed suit with their three Danish-based EC225s.  EASA later... Read more

German and Brazilian military ground AS532 and H725M

German and Brazilian military ground AS532 and H725M

8-Jun-2016Source: HeliHub.com

Both the German and Brazilian military have reportedly grounded their Cougar/Caracal fleets in the light of the EASA grounding directive made earlier this month.  Following the CHC accident off Bergen on 29th April, only civilian aircraft have been grounded to date, largely driven by the way the certification authorities work.  Military certification is approached a... Read more

HeliHub calls on Bell to apologize to Airbus Helicopters

HeliHub calls on Bell to apologize to Airbus Helicopters

19-May-2016Source: HeliHub.com

Respected aviation media outlet Aviation International News has run a story quoting Bell saying that their new 525 Relentless helicopter, currently under development, is a “Super Puma replacement”.  Helihub.com has requested validation of the quote from Bell, but despite opening our email within one minute of sending it over four hours prior to us publishing... Read more

Dallas Avionics to distribute Voyager Power Source from Avion Power

Dallas Avionics to distribute Voyager Power Source from Avion Power

6-Apr-2016Source: Dallas Avionics

Dallas Avionics is now a distributor of Avion Power’s Voyager Power Source. The Voyager is designed to start aircraft engines and provide auxiliary power. On a single charge, a Voyager provides 10 or more turbine engine starts, powers on-board electronics for an hour, or provides a combination of auxiliary power and starting power. Voyager is... Read more

FAA approves Heli-One repair station in Poland

FAA approves Heli-One repair station in Poland

1-Apr-2016Source: Heli-One

Heli-One’s Rzeszow, Poland facility has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) repair station approval. Heli-One Poland’s facility, which opened in 2014, provides base maintenance support for Airbus AS332, H225, and H135 aircraft. In addition, it offers component repairs such as the AW139 exhaust duct. This approval offers U.S.-based operators or U.S.-registered aircraft a new cost-efficient maintenance... Read more

Japan Coast Guard orders additional H225

Japan Coast Guard orders additional H225

14-Mar-2016Source: Airbus

Airbus Helicopters has signed a contract with Japan Coast Guard (JCG) for the purchase of an additional H225. JCG, which already operates five H225s, has ordered this additional aircraft as part of its fleet renewal plans. The helicopter is scheduled for delivery by the end of 2018. This H225 will be equipped with the most... Read more

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

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

10-Mar-2016Source: Heli-One

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

Heli-One develops custom H225 SAR mods for CHC

Heli-One develops custom H225 SAR mods for CHC

2-Mar-2016Source: Heli-One

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

Airbus approves CAE Oslo Simulation Centre

Airbus approves CAE Oslo Simulation Centre

2-Mar-2016Source: CAE

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

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

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

23-Feb-2016Source: Heli-One

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

EASA approves rig automated approach system for Airbus H225

EASA approves rig automated approach system for Airbus H225

10-Feb-2016Source: Airbus

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

Heli-One adds H225 MRO in Poland

Heli-One adds H225 MRO in Poland

5-Feb-2016Source: Heli-One

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

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