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INAER awarded Spanish Navy AB212 life extension work

INAER awarded Spanish Navy AB212 life extension work

12-Jan-2012Source: INAER

(Electronic translation from Spanish) Once the tender procedure for the program of life extension Agusta Bell 212 helicopters of the Spanish Navy, the Chief of Logistics Support (JAL) has awarded the program to the joint venture companies formed by SENER Ingeniería y Sistemas e INAER Maintenance. The modernization program of the seven helicopters AB 212,... Read more

Sikorsky plans S-434 FAA certification early 2012

Sikorsky plans S-434 FAA certification early 2012

4-Jan-2012Source: HeliHub.com

Sikorsky is anticipating FAA certification of the S-434 light turbine early this year.  The S-434 is an improved version of the S-333 with a four-blade head and 300 more pounds in gross weight, taking the total to 2,850 pounds all up.  Additionally it has a new tail rotor with 20% increased thrust, and structurally improved... Read more

SAF Helicopters buys AS355N from Greece

SAF Helicopters buys AS355N from Greece

3-Jan-2012Source: HeliHub.com

French operator SAF Helicopters has bought a Eurocopter AS355N Twin Squirrel from Greek operator Interjet.  Serial number 5586, and previously flown in Greece as SX-HIG, the helicopter is now registered in France as F-HJFD. Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com... Read more

Two EC225s handed over to Vietnam Navy

Two EC225s handed over to Vietnam Navy

27-Dec-2011Source: HeliHub.com

A ceremony was held yesterday at Vung Tau Airport to mark the start of the Eurocopter EC225 as a new helicopter type for the Vietnam Navy.  Commander of the Vietnamese Navy Admiral Nguyen Van Hien and Deputy Chief of General Staff of the Vietnamese People’s Army Lieutenant General Tran Quang Khue attended the event, It... Read more

Pawan Hans to offer New Delhi sightseeing

Pawan Hans to offer New Delhi sightseeing

27-Dec-2011Source: HeliHub.com

New Delhi tourism officials have agreed in principle to work with Pawan Hans to offer sightseeing rides around the Indian capital New Delhi and are considering widening out to the neighbouring states as well.  Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation (DTTDC) chairman Manish Chatrath said “We like the idea. It will be an added attraction... Read more

Eurocopter delivers first NH90 TTH to the French Army

Eurocopter delivers first NH90 TTH to the French Army

27-Dec-2011Source: HeliHub.com

On 22nd December, Eurocopter delivered the first NH90 TTH (Tactical Transport Helicopter) to the ALAT (French Army Aviation Corps).  Prior to official information being released by the manufacturer, we consulted the the French defence ministry website, which told us that their TTH model carries Side and rear machine guns as well as the following equipment... Read more

Bell brings 429 demonstrator to UK

Bell brings 429 demonstrator to UK

20-Dec-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Bell took one of their demonstrator aircraft to the Dubai airshow, and started a demo tour from there on.  The helicopter entered UK airspace at Manston on Friday and is understood to be carrying out a demo flight for one specific potential customer in the Oxford area. Bell have confirmed to HeliHub.com that the aircraft... Read more

Norsk Luftambulanse to expand fleet with another EC135

Norsk Luftambulanse to expand fleet with another EC135

19-Dec-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Norsk Luftambulanse has confirmed to HeliHub.com that they will take delivery of a new EC135P2+ on 20th January 2012.  Serial 1033 from the production line at Donauworth, the new aircraft will add to the fleet which provides EMS cover throughout Norway, and now includes a base in Denmark as well.  The helicopter will be registered... Read more

France’s NH90 Caiman Marine completes first SAR mission – 19 rescued

France’s NH90 Caiman Marine completes first SAR mission – 19 rescued

17-Dec-2011Source: HeliHub.com

At 2am on Friday morning, 16th September 2011, the cargo ship TK Bremen ran aground 2km south of the mouth of the Etel river on the Brittany coast of France. The ship had left the port of Lorient in the afternoon, intending to anchor north of the island of Groix to await better weather and... Read more

Lawsuit filed in fatal Sundance crash by Kansas City attorney

Lawsuit filed in fatal Sundance crash by Kansas City attorney

15-Dec-2011Source: Kansas City Star

The first wrongful death lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Nevada on behalf of the families of a honeymooning couple from India killed in a Las Vegas sightseeing helicopter crash that also took the lives of the pilot and a Kansas couple celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary. (see full story)... Read more

Fuchs Helicopter buys another S333 from UK

Fuchs Helicopter buys another S333 from UK

15-Dec-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Yesterday, Schweizer 333 G-TAME departed Shoreham Airport by road after being purchased by Fuchs Helicopter, the Swiss operator. The UK fleet of five Schwiezer 333s has not flown for some time and originally numbered five.  In May this year we reported G-TAMB had been bought by Fuchs, and now G-TAME has followed the same route.... Read more

CHC transfers one AW139 from UK to Kazakhstan

CHC transfers one AW139 from UK to Kazakhstan

15-Dec-2011Source: HeliHub.com

CHC has processed a registration transfer to allow it to operate an AW139 in Kazakhstan. Operating until recently from North Denes in the UK, G-CHCV was noted in early November being worked on in Stavangar, Norway – perhaps in preparation for its new role. C-CHCV is serial 41005, a 2007 manufactured aircraft which had 3,007... Read more

Air Zermatt adds new AS350B3e to fleet

Air Zermatt adds new AS350B3e to fleet

14-Dec-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Swiss operator Air Zermatt has registered a new Eurocopter AS350B3e on Monday of this week.  Serial 7309 and registered HB-ZPB, the new aircraft joins two AS350B2s, three AS350B3s, three Lamas and a Eurocopter EC135T2.  Air Zermatt’s website currently shows two of the Lamas are for sale. Photo shows sister ship and not the new AS350B3e... Read more

NTSB: Sundance AS350 was off-route in low-light conditions

NTSB: Sundance AS350 was off-route in low-light conditions

14-Dec-2011Source: HeliHub.com

The NTSB preliminary report cites the following factors which they evidently see as very important in this stage of their investigation (1) the impact location in a narrow ravine (2) the non-standard routing taken by the pilot (3) dusk light conditions Check out the details in the Preliminary report Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com... Read more

Bangladesh Police to go airborne with two Bell 407s

Bangladesh Police to go airborne with two Bell 407s

12-Dec-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Bangladesh’s Rapid Action Battalion is to acquire a pair of new Bell 407s, providing airborne law enforcment capability for the first time in this Asian country.  Commander M Sohail of the RAB has confirmed that the police authorities signed a contract with Bell Helicopter Asia on June 23rd 2011.  The deal, valued at 57 crore... Read more

Rega Foundation appoints new President

Rega Foundation appoints new President

11-Dec-2011Source: HeliHub.com

The current President of the board of Trustees of Rega Foundation stands down at the end of December 2011.  Albert Keller has served for 10 years having taken over the role at the beginning of 2002.  He has had an eventful time as a President, including the procurement of new helicopters, introduction of a new... Read more

UK: Bristow lease S92 in from Cougar

UK: Bristow lease S92 in from Cougar

9-Dec-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Late on Wednesday this week, a Sikorsky S92 from Cougar Helicopters completed its ferry flight from Newfoundland to Aberdeen in the UK.  This delivery flight is the initial stage of the helicopter being leased to Bristow for operations on the North Sea.  We are awaiting Cougar’s response to our enquiries regarding the length of the... Read more

UK: First EC135P1 registered for WPD

UK: First EC135P1 registered for WPD

9-Dec-2011Source: HeliHub.com

WPD Helicopter Unit have now registered their first EC135P1 as G-WPDB.  Previously D-HAIT with German EMS operator ADAC, it is expected to be joined by sister ship G-WPDA from the same source within days.  As recently as 22nd November, the helicopter was still in its ADAC yellow scheme at Bonn-Hangelar airport, but it is expected... Read more

Helipool Europe adds EC120 from Mexico

Helipool Europe adds EC120 from Mexico

9-Dec-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Swiss operator Helipool Europe has this week added Eurocopter EC120B HB-ZMR to its fleet,  having imported it from Mexico.  It is expected to be based at Balzers. The company also owns an AS350B3 and an EC130B4 both of which are leased to Air Glaciers at Lauterbrunnen in the Bernese Oberland with it’s famous holiday resorts Grindelwald and... Read more

FAA boss suspended, then resigns

FAA boss suspended, then resigns

6-Dec-2011Source: HeliHub.com

FAA boss Randy Babbitt, 65, was stopped by police in Fairfax County, Virginia, on Saturday after allegedly driving on the wrong side of the road.  Hardly the behaviour of someone in charge of aviation safety, don’t you think?  Mr Babbitt was charged with driving while intoxicated, and yesterday made a request for an immediate leave... Read more

CHC sends an AW139 to Tanzania

CHC sends an AW139 to Tanzania

30-Nov-2011Source: HeliHub.com

CHC has this week transferred an AW139 from the Dutch register to the Canadian register – serial number 31072 going from PH-EUA to C-GNDG.  However, industry sources tell us that it’s not going to Canada, but is destined for operations in Tanzania.  It is currently on its ferry flight as we file this story, expected... Read more

Two Mi-171s delivered to Argentine Air Force

Two Mi-171s delivered to Argentine Air Force

30-Nov-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Local website Fuerzas Aeronavales is reporting the recent arrival of the first two Mi-171s for the Argentine Air Force.  Coded H-94 and H-95, the two arrived by air freight, and are painted in a high-visibility red and white scheme for their expected role in the Antarctic. While the purchase of these two was agreed in... Read more

Aerosouz becomes first Russian AW119 service center

Aerosouz becomes first Russian AW119 service center

29-Nov-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Earlier this month, Aerosoyuz became the first helicopter company in Russia to become an official service center for the AgustaWestland AW109. The certification process involved training a minimum of 6 engineers for each type and the purchase of type-specific maintenance equipment. HeliHub.com believes there are currently six AW119s operating on the Russian register. Nikolai Vanesev... Read more

SW-4 type certified and flying on Brazilian register

SW-4 type certified and flying on Brazilian register

25-Nov-2011Source: HeliHub.com

The Polish-built PZL SW-4 was last week put on the Brazilian register for the first time – the local demonstrator aircraft is now officially registered as PP-MHJ.  The helicopter has been in the South American country since at least August 2011, when it was presented at the LABACE (Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition)... Read more

CHC adds S92 for Western North Sea ops

CHC adds S92 for Western North Sea ops

25-Nov-2011Source: HeliHub.com

CHC yesterday registered a new Sikorsky S92 on the British Register as G-WNSA.  Given their previous use of the G-SNSx series for Southern North Sea ops, it is assumed that the new S92 is for Western North Sea flights.  The helicopter is fresh from the production line – ship #152 This is CHC’s fourth offshore... Read more

Air Evac Lifeteam 71 base upgrades to Bell 407

Air Evac Lifeteam 71 base upgrades to Bell 407

25-Nov-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Air Evac Lifeteam have upgraded their base at Carrizo Springs Airport in Texas – about 125 miles south-west of San Antonio.  Known as “Lifeteam 71”, this base previously flew a LongRanger, they now have a Bell 407 in the same colour scheme Photos were released on AEL71’s Facebook page William P Johnson – HeliHub.com US... Read more

Every sixth R66 goes to Australia

Every sixth R66 goes to Australia

24-Nov-2011Source: HeliHub.com

With European EASA and Canadian TC certification of the R66 causing issues for customers in those countries, Australia is forging ahead with deliveries and there are now nine R66s registered there with CASA. The last six of these demonstrate a bit of trend – serial numbers 48, 54, 60, 66, 72 and 78 form an... Read more

Dubai Customs seize Aerocopter AK1-3

Dubai Customs seize Aerocopter AK1-3

23-Nov-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Dubai Customs have seized an Aerocopter AK1-3 two seat helicopter claiming it was being illegally imported into the emirate.  Paperwork showed the shipping container had furniture in it, but the reality was different.  One local media report suggesting the aircraft could be used for terrorist activities or smuggling operations, but that seems unlikely for such... Read more

CITIC plans another seven Eurocopter EC225LP

CITIC plans another seven Eurocopter EC225LP

23-Nov-2011Source: HeliHub.com

CITIC Offshore Helicopter Co have announced plans to buy another seven Eurocopter EC225LP to support oil operations off the China coast.  Deliveries would be made over the next 3-4 years.  It appears that the company is seeking local approvals before actually placing the order with Eurocopter Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com... Read more

CHC sell two Eurocopter Super Pumas to Chilean military

CHC sell two Eurocopter Super Pumas to Chilean military

21-Nov-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Global operator CHC are understood to be selling at least two Eurocopter AS332L Super Pumas to the Chilean military.  The pair, both currently registered in the UK, are being worked on at their heavy maintenance base in Stavangar, Norway, according to industry sources.  They have been painted in a gloss grey scheme.  It is possible... Read more

City of Fontana to be first police R66 customer?

City of Fontana to be first police R66 customer?

21-Nov-2011Source: HeliHub.com

The Californian city of Fontana is putting a budget request in this week for two police-role helicopters, a low-time Robinson R44 with just 140 airframe hours, and a new R66. Police Chief Rodney Jones is preparting to ask city council’s approval on Tuesday to use $500,000 in asset seizure funds to purchase the near-new R44... Read more

Gateway Canyons resorts adds first AS350B3 (of nine?)

Gateway Canyons resorts adds first AS350B3 (of nine?)

21-Nov-2011Source: HeliHub.com

This week Gateway Canyons resort has added its first Eurocopter AS350B3 helicopter and is now offering rotary-wing tours of the Grand Canyon in addition to the fixed wing service it already operated. The company is operating from a hangar at Grand Junction Regional Airport and has operating test/demo tours of the McInnis Canyons National Conservation... Read more

Yorkshire Air Ambulance forced out of Bagby base

Yorkshire Air Ambulance forced out of Bagby base

18-Nov-2011Source: HeliHub.com

In an incredulous decision, Hambleton District Council has served an enforcement notice on Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) to move off Bagby Airfield due to noise issues – hands up those who genuinely think MD Explorers are noisy…  YAA has also been served with a notice to dismantle its flight crew room, toilet and shower block.... Read more

Two birdstrikes in two days create holes in two Eurocopters

Two birdstrikes in two days create holes in two Eurocopters

18-Nov-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Bird strikes are not that uncommon with helicopters as most are operating at relatively low level.  But to have two EUrocopters make emergency landings on consecutive days with holes created by those bird strikes is unusual. On Wednesday a news gathering AS350B2 in Scottsdale, Arizona took a dove into the cockpit.  The helicopter is operated... Read more

Ghana’s government seek budget approval for four Mi-171s

Ghana’s government seek budget approval for four Mi-171s

17-Nov-2011Source: HeliHub.com

The government of Ghana, led by the National Democratic Congress party, has proposed the purchase of four Mil Mi-171SH heilcopters.  The request was referred to the joint Committees of Finance and Defense for consideration and report to the House by the Speaker.  The proposed cost si 64,365,584.79 euros and various financing options are available  and... Read more

Brazil trains Angolan Police pilots and engineers

Brazil trains Angolan Police pilots and engineers

11-Nov-2011Source: HeliHub.com

In a ceremony in Luanda on Tuesday 8th November, thirteen new pilots were presented by Angolan National Police aviation commander João Lello to general commissioner Ambrosio de Lemos.  In his speech to those present, Mr Lello said that the pilots had been trained in Brazil along with twenty maintenance engineers.  A further nine pilots and... Read more

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters EC130 crashes killing five

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters EC130 crashes killing five

11-Nov-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Successful sightseeing operator Blue Hawaiian Helicopters suffered a fatal accident on the island of Molokai on Thursday. Having taken off from Kahului on Maui island, the 45 minute tour.  Molokai is a mostly rural island with about 7,000 resident population. The tourists, two male and two female, were from Pennsylvania and Ontario according to local... Read more

Veracity Aviation buys new AS350B2

Veracity Aviation buys new AS350B2

8-Nov-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Texas operator Veracity Aviation has bought a new Eurocopter AS350B2 – registration N119VA and serial 7208. Their website tells us that Veracity Aviation is a helicopter services company, with two locations. The home office is Northwest of Seguin, TX at Huber Airpark (E70). Seguin is a prime location for flight training, centered between San Antonio... Read more

New film release uses in-service French military helicopters

New film release uses in-service French military helicopters

2-Nov-2011Source: HeliHub.com

The film “Forces spéciales” (Special Forces) is released in France today, and stars Diane Kruger, Djimon Hounsou and Benoît Magimel in the lead roles.  More importantly, it also stars the Eurocopter Tiger attack helicopter. While the Tiger is no stranger to screen roles, with one of the prototypes having first appeared as such in the... Read more

Erie County Sheriff buys HeliWagon dolly

Erie County Sheriff buys HeliWagon dolly

31-Oct-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Erie County Sheriff’s Department in NY state has approved funding of $31,000 to purchase a HeliWagon remote-controlled self-propelled landing dolly.  The option to repair their current 40-year old dolly to acceptable standards was more expensive. Erie County Sheriff operates two helicopters.  “Air 1” is a 2001 build Eurocopter AS350B2 registered N338SD which has been on... Read more

Italy’s Trento region adds two firefighting AW139s

Italy’s Trento region adds two firefighting AW139s

31-Oct-2011Source: HeliHub.com

The blog run by enthusiast Damiano Gualdoni reports that the Italian firefighting organisation Vigili del Fuoco took delivery of one of a pair of AW139s on Friday.  Registered I-TNCC and I-TNDD are new production aircraft, serials 31369 and 31374 respectively.  It is not clear at this time whether they add to the existing pair of... Read more

Russia: EMERCOM fleet to reach 200 by 2020

Russia: EMERCOM fleet to reach 200 by 2020

27-Oct-2011Source: HeliHub.com

EMERCOM, which takes its name from the words “Emergency Control Ministry”, is planning on expanding its aircraft fleet to 200 by the year 2020 according to BFM.ru which was quoting the organisation’s aviation boss Sergey Fedorov. The current fleet is 18 fixed wing and 40 helicopters.  In the remainder of 2011, EMERCOM is reportedly adding... Read more

Thailand: Best Ocean Airpark orders two R44s

Thailand: Best Ocean Airpark orders two R44s

27-Oct-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Best Ocean Airpark has ordered two new Robinson R44 helicopters and is expecting to take delivery of them in November. Best Ocean Airpark is a US-style residential complex based around a private 860 meter runway, but also provide a flying club as part of the facilities.  The airstrip opened in August 2009. All houses back... Read more

DRF sells EC135P1 to Swiss operator

DRF sells EC135P1 to Swiss operator

26-Oct-2011Source: HeliHub.com

German EMS operator DRF has sold Eurocopter EC135P1 D-HYYY, serial number 0006, to Swiss operator Skymedia – a member of the Lions Air Group – who have registered it locally as HB-ZJE.  Having spent all its life as an air ambulance in the red and white DRF scheme, the helicopter was noted in the last... Read more

Apache is last one standing in Indian tender

Apache is last one standing in Indian tender

26-Oct-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Russian press agency RIA Novosti is reporting that the Mi-28N Night Hunder has lost an Inidan tender for 22 attack helicopters, leaving Boeing’s AH-64D Apache.  They reported a source saying “We decided not to choose the Mi-28 for technical reasons. Our experts believe that the Mi-28N did not meet the requirements of the tender on... Read more

Cabri G2 now fully UK certified

Cabri G2 now fully UK certified

25-Oct-2011Source: HeliHub.com

The UK CAA yesterday issued all the necessary documentation for the Guimbal Cabri G2, making it fully certified for use in the UK.  Local distributor Cotswold Helicopter Centre, who had a very positive response to this new type at Helitech recently, tell HeliHub.com that they are starting type ratings on their demonstrator next week.  They... Read more

UTair takes delivery of first aircraft from AS350/AS355 order

UTair takes delivery of first aircraft from AS350/AS355 order

25-Oct-2011Source: HeliHub.com

UTair has taken delivery of a Eurocopter AS350B3e, the airline announced today.  This is the first aircraft from a block order for 20 (see original HeliHub.com story of this order), and the company has also announced that 14 of these will be AS350B3e models with the remaining six as AS355NP.  All twenty are expected to... Read more

China chooses Ka32 for firefighting

China chooses Ka32 for firefighting

25-Oct-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Russian Helicopters has signed an agreement wiht the Public Security organisation of Ordos (China’s Inner Mongolia autonomous region) to supply a Ka-32A11BC in the fire-fighting role.  Each will be fitted with a Simplex fire attack system (either model 328 or 348), a horizontal water gun and VSU-9 bucket carrying up to 5 tonnes of water. ... Read more

ADAC sells two EC135P1s to UK operator

ADAC sells two EC135P1s to UK operator

25-Oct-2011Source: HeliHub.com

German motoring and EMS operator ADAC has sold two of its early ambulance-role Eurocopter EC135s to a British operator.  The two EC135P1s will be the first P1 models on the UK register – prior to serial 0501 being imported for the West Midlands Police, every 135 in the UK had had Turbomeca power, and by... Read more

Russian Air Force to double Mi-26 fleet by 2015

Russian Air Force to double Mi-26 fleet by 2015

25-Oct-2011Source: HeliHub.com

The Russian Air Force is planning on receiving 22 new Mi-26T heavy-lift helicopters over the next four years, taking the total to 45.  There are an additional 7 airframes awaiting overhaul or repair to take the complete fleet to 52.  The Mi-26 is widely used in the Russian military for transportation of over-size items including... Read more

UK: Heliair delivers another R66

UK: Heliair delivers another R66

25-Oct-2011Source: HeliHub.com

UK Robinson distributor Heliair is on the point of delivering its third Robinson R66, bringing the UK fleet to five.  Serial 0058 and registered N404RW, this helicopter replaces an R44 for a private owner who already operates on an FAA licence and will not be chasing the EASA certification many other potential buyers are waiting... Read more

Pellissier Helicopter adds AW119Ke

Pellissier Helicopter adds AW119Ke

23-Oct-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Italian blogger Damiano Gualdoni reports on his website that Pellisier Helicopter has recently added a second AW119Ke to its fleet, registered I-PHAS and serial number 14770.  IT was built on the Philadelphia production line, and was tested there on the US registrationN382SH Pellisier maintain bases in the Aosta Valley in the north-west corner of Italy... Read more

Canadian SAR technician to get bravery award

Canadian SAR technician to get bravery award

23-Oct-2011Source: HeliHub.com

The man who rescued the only survivor from the Cougar S92 crash in March 2009 is getting the Governor General’s Medal of Bravery award. Ian Wheeler is an SAR technician with Cougar Helicopters. Cougar Flight 491 was heading to an offshore installation when it crashed into the Atlantic.  Robert Decker escaped the aircraft, severely injured... Read more

Enstrom delivers first 280FX in four years

Enstrom delivers first 280FX in four years

20-Oct-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Across the industry we have seen different signs of the global recession affecting us in many different ways.  One of the most tangible demonstrations of this is in new helicopter production, something that HeliHub.com monitors closely. One of the helicopter types we have identified is the piston-engined Enstrom 280FX.  The most recent serial number was... Read more

Paraguay negotiating 11 UH-1s from Taiwan

Paraguay negotiating 11 UH-1s from Taiwan

20-Oct-2011Source: HeliHub.com

The InfoDefensa website is reporting that Paraguay is negotiating with Taiwan for eleven Bell UH-1H helicopters.  This follows ten from the same source in 2004 and a Bell 427 in July (see HeliHub.com story). Due to the way that the UH-1s were acquired by Taiwan, the far East country needs to apply to the US... Read more

Downwash alert – three incidents in a week

Downwash alert – three incidents in a week

19-Oct-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Pilots: Are you landing too close?  Do you really have a good idea of the radius of your downwash effect? With three accidents in the last week attributed to downwash effects, this is a timely opportunity to remind pilots of the effects.  Each of these reports are taken from our Accident report pages 17-Oct-11 Agusta-Bell... Read more

Robinson do not know when EASA will certify R66

Robinson do not know when EASA will certify R66

17-Oct-2011Source: HeliHub.com

We know that both UK Robinson dealers – Sloane Helicopters and Heliair – are currently very frustrated by the slow progress on EASA certification of the R66.  We suspect that the same is being felt right across Europe. We thus approached the manufacturer for a statement and they advised “We are working with EASA to... Read more

Evergreen acquires two low-time Bell 214STs

Evergreen acquires two low-time Bell 214STs

17-Oct-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Evergreen Helicopters have acquired two low-time Bell 214STs from the Saudi royal family.  Previously allocated to operations from superyacht “Prince Abdul Aziz”, the fourth largest private yacht in the world at 147m in length, the pair have last week been registered with the FAA as N511EV and N512EV.  They are serial numbers 28105 and 28115... Read more

UK: Longmint group auditors resign

UK: Longmint group auditors resign

16-Oct-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Shipleys, auditors have filed documents with Companies House – the government department looking after company administration – resigning as auditors to each company in the UK’s Longmint Group.  Some of the companies in this group are already in liquidation, but others, such as Fast Helicopters, are still trading. The simply worded letter states “Pursuant to... Read more

North Sea expansion as BP launch massive investment program

North Sea expansion as BP launch massive investment program

14-Oct-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Oil giant BP has announced that they will proceed with a new £4.5 Billion oil project west of the Shetland Islands off the north east Scottish coast of the uK.  The BP-operated scheme is an extension of the existing Clair oil field, and will also include investment by fellow oil firms Shell, ConocoPhillips and Chevron.... Read more

HeliSwiss buys JetRanger from Germany

HeliSwiss buys JetRanger from Germany

13-Oct-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Swiss helicopter operator HeliSwiss has acquired a Bell 206B JetRanger 3 from Germany to replace the helicopter they lost in an accident in April (see details).  Rhe Bell arrived at HeliSwiss’ base at Bern on Monday of this week still carrying its German registration D-HGMS and will in the next few days be registered locally... Read more

Final decision – No money for Onondaga County’s Air-1

Final decision – No money for Onondaga County’s Air-1

13-Oct-2011

Onondaga County Legislature decided on Tuesday to stop all funding of their Air-1 helicopter.  The Legislature’s actions do not necessarily spell doom for Air-1 or the fledgling philharmonic. But it will be much more difficult for them to operate without a subsidy from county taxpayers next year  (See full story)... Read more

Elilombardia buys two 109E Powers from Schenk Air

Elilombardia buys two 109E Powers from Schenk Air

11-Oct-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Schenk Air has sold both of its AW109E Powers to Italian operator Elilombardia, leaving it with just one JetRanger.  Elilombardia is operating both of them on Austrian registrations in Italy on air ambulance contracts. OE-XSA is operating on behalf of HEMS 118 Regione Campania and noted recently at Napoli Hospital OE-XSC is operating on behalf... Read more

Fatal 2009 Turkish crash continues to raise questions

Fatal 2009 Turkish crash continues to raise questions

10-Oct-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Turkish police have detained 16 people, including 13 military officers (11 active, 2 retired from duty), as part of an investigation into a helicopter crash that killed a politician. President Abdullah Gul has voiced suspicion about the circumstances of the crash after two components, including the flight recorder went missing following the March 2009 accident... Read more

Dare County budgets $9.1M for new Medflight helicopter

Dare County budgets $9.1M for new Medflight helicopter

10-Oct-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Dare County in northern New York state has recently approved a long-term budget request for a new helicopter.  Figures listed in the County Commission’s meeting minutes of 3rd October show a purchase figure of $9.1M budgeted for, with plans to spread the cost over 10 years. Dare County currently operates a Eurocopter BK117 registered N401DC... Read more

HeliAir delivers second R66 – UK fleet now at four

HeliAir delivers second R66 – UK fleet now at four

8-Oct-2011Source: HeliHub.com

The United Kingdom now has  an R66 fleet of four.  This follows HeliAir’s delivery of serial 0041 as N66MV to a private owner in Cheshire just prior to Helitech last week.  The helicopter was present at Duxford on the second day of the event. Between the two UK distributors – the other one being Sloane... Read more

Enstrom expects Japanese signature by January

Enstrom expects Japanese signature by January

8-Oct-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Enstrom has recently shipped the second of two 480Bs to the Japanese Ground Self Defence Force.  It will now go through some local configuration and Enstrom’s Sales Director Tracy Beigler expects it in service around February 2012. The first aircraft has been operating very successfully, and Mr Beigler told HeliHub.com at Helitech that he expects... Read more

10% of jobs to go at AgustaWestland UK

10% of jobs to go at AgustaWestland UK

7-Oct-2011Source: HeliHub.com

AgustaWestland has today announced that up to 375 jobs are to go in the UK with a company “restructuring” mainly in management and corporate roles in Yeovil and Farnborough, Hampshire.  This is the result of tightening military budgets and the effects of the global recession on the commercial sector.  The company employs almost 3,600 people... Read more

Fatal Helicopter Accident Summary – September 2011

Fatal Helicopter Accident Summary – September 2011

4-Oct-2011Source: HeliHub.com

The team at HeliHub.com provide a record of as many helicopter accidents and incidents as we can.  Inevitably this includes what we believe to be the full list of fatal helicopter accidents, and we are presenting here the summary for September 2011.  We indicate the number of fatalities in the summary line with the number... Read more

Helitech cancels 2012 event in Portugal

Helitech cancels 2012 event in Portugal

3-Oct-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Helitech organisers confirmed to HeliHub.com at Duxford that they are not going to be running an event in Portugal in 2012 as previously planned. The poor economic situation is cited as the main reason, particularly as both Portugal and Spain form part of the “PIGS” countries.  This acronym coined by the financial media brings together... Read more

Sloane Helicopters takes delivery of first UK GrandNew

Sloane Helicopters takes delivery of first UK GrandNew

29-Sep-2011Source: HeliHub.com

AgustaWestland’s ubiquitous red table cloth appeared again at Helitech for a signing ceremony with UK distributor Sloane Helicopters.  The event was the handover of the UK’s first GrandNew helicopter, which they have imported for a UK corporate owner (see HeliHub.com story).  Seen in our photo here are Bruno Spagnolini (CEO of AgustaWestland) and David George... Read more

Cabri generates lots of interest at Helitech

Cabri generates lots of interest at Helitech

28-Sep-2011Source: HeliHub.com

From our regular walks up and down the static park, the helicopter generating the most interest looks to be the two seater Guimbal Cabri G2.  Having not appeared at Helitech before, the French-built aircraft has been delivered in the last few days to Cotswold Helicopter Centre, the new UK distributor.  They are expecting a second... Read more

Air Grischa Helikopter buys EC120

Air Grischa Helikopter buys EC120

28-Sep-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Swiss operator Air Grischa Helikopter has purchased a Eurocopter EC120.  Serial number 1434, a 2006 build, has been bought from French operator HeliStar. The helicopter adds to Air Grischa’s fleet which also includes one EC130, five AS350B3 Squirrels and a Guimbal Cabri G2. Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com... Read more

Where is Bell at Helitech?

Where is Bell at Helitech?

26-Sep-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Helitech could almost pass by with no mention of Bell.  They have no exhibition stand, no helicopters in the static park and no plans to issue a press release to coincide with the event.  Bell are, however, sponsoring the conferences, including providing two speakers, as follows Wednesday 16:20-16:40 Product Safety, Operational Risk and Safety Management... Read more

Good weather forecast for Helitech 2011

Good weather forecast for Helitech 2011

26-Sep-2011Source: HeliHub.com

The British speak a lot about the weather, and there are good reasons for that – it’s so unpredictable here in the UK.  There are generally two “cells” of weather between the equator and the North Pole, and the gap between the two cells falls at similar latitudes to the UK.  While that gap can... Read more

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