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Canadian union calls for Sikorsky S92 withdrawal

Canadian union calls for Sikorsky S92 withdrawal

25-Sep-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Kevin Kelly,  spoke this week for the Communications Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada – which represents some Newfoundland offshore workers – and called for the Sikorsky S92 to be replaced in offshore service.  Kelly works on the Hibernia oil platform east of St. John’s, and was reacting to the 20th September issue with a... Read more

UK: Stobart Group upgrades to GrandNew

UK: Stobart Group upgrades to GrandNew

23-Sep-2011Source: HeliHub.com

A newly produced AgustaWestland GrandNew – serial 22236 – has been registered as G-SGRP yesterday.  The helicopter will replace an earlier A109E Power G-STGR which has been noted regularly in the sales pages in recent months.  G-SGRP will be based at Carlisle Airport, one of two owned by the group, and operated in the executive... Read more

Yorkshire Air Ambulance confused by Bagby story

Yorkshire Air Ambulance confused by Bagby story

22-Sep-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Britain’s Yorkshire Air Ambulance has featured in a number of local press stories in recent days.  The story focuses on Bagby Airfield in a battle with its neighbours over noise, most stories often omitting to point out that the vast majority of local residients moved in with the airfield already in place, and thus in... Read more

NJ State Police ready for third AW139

NJ State Police ready for third AW139

21-Sep-2011

On 7th September, an AW139 was marked on FAA files as being owned by the State of New Jersey – N303YS, serial 41260 from the Pennsylvania production line.  Two... Read more

HeliHub.com launches context-sensitive advertising

HeliHub.com launches context-sensitive advertising

21-Sep-2011Source: HeliHub.com

HeliHub.com is launching a new concept in advertising on its website, driven by the actual content of particular webpages. In a move proven by Google, advertisers will be able to book an advert which only appears on specific pages on the HeliHub.com industry portal website. Aero Maintenance Ltd from the UK is the launch customer... Read more

Fatal Cobra crash at Camp Pendleton

Fatal Cobra crash at Camp Pendleton

20-Sep-2011Source: HeliHub.com

There has been a fatal accident of a Bell AH-1W at Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton in California, killing both occupants. The HeliHub.com page for this accident is at 19-Sep-11 Bell AH-1W Camp Pendleton, US-California (2F)... Read more

Two more S92s for Bristow Norway

Two more S92s for Bristow Norway

16-Sep-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Bristow Norway is set to take delivery of two more Sikorsky S92 helicopters in the next few days – and a third is due.  The pair were seen at Southampton DOcks in the UK yesterday, still in primer and carrying the Norwegian registrations LN-ONA and LN-ONB (see below), along with serial numbers 920144 and 920145... Read more

Supermarket gets local council nod for Penzance Heliport site

Supermarket gets local council nod for Penzance Heliport site

16-Sep-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Penzance Town Council has voted by 7 to 6 in favour of the plans submitted to redevelop the site as a Sainbury’s supermarket as well as a petrol station, car park, park-and-ride scheme and other business units.  The debate lasted almost two hours as town councillors discussed the plan.  Arguments against the plan focused on... Read more

Onondaga County sheriff wants helicopter back in budget

Onondaga County sheriff wants helicopter back in budget

16-Sep-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin Walsh is to petition County Executive Joanie Mahoney to get their “Air-1” Bell 407 put back in the county budget for next year.  The budget Mahoney presented to the county Legislature on Wednesday assumes that the sheriff will raise all of the money for Air-1 through donations and by charging fees... Read more

Great Western Air Ambulance confirms Filton as long-term home

Great Western Air Ambulance confirms Filton as long-term home

16-Sep-2011Source: HeliHub.com

The British operator Great Western Air Ambulance Service has confirmed that it will remain at Filton, near Bristol, despite the sale of its current airfield home as it is no longer viable to owners BAE Systems.  The Chief Executive of BAE, Ian King, has told GWAA that they will ensure that its home will remain... Read more

Heliswiss JetRanger passes 18,000 flight hours

Heliswiss JetRanger passes 18,000 flight hours

16-Sep-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Heliswiss is celebrating one of its JetRangers passing 18,000 flight hours on 31st August.  Delivered new in 1980 from the Agusta production line, and serialled 8606, this aircraft was flown in Austria as OE-DXV until purchased by Heliswiss in March 1986.  Later the same year they passed it to their Spanish associate Heliswiss Iberica for... Read more

Mornington Sanford Aviation expands in multiple directions

Mornington Sanford Aviation expands in multiple directions

14-Sep-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Mornington Sanford Aviation have recently received EASA Part 147 Approval to conduct Robinson R66 differences courses for those engineers who already have the R22/R44 types on their licences.  Additionally, the company is soon to set up an EASA Approved Part 147 training school in Kuala Lumpur for the R22, R44 with Lycoming engine and the... Read more

Indian Coast Guard tender gets off the ground

Indian Coast Guard tender gets off the ground

13-Sep-2011Source: HeliHub.com

The Indian Coast Guard is progressing its tender for 12 helicopters, with three bids received by the cut-off date.  The three are Sikorsky offering the S76 OSS Air, working with AgustaWestland and their AW109 Indocopter, working with Eurocopter The latter two are their tied manufacturers’ local representatives.  The tender calls for the helicopters to be... Read more

Eurocopter delivers second EC135T2+ to Argentina’s Federal Police

Eurocopter delivers second EC135T2+ to Argentina’s Federal Police

13-Sep-2011Source: HeliHub.com

The Federal Police Force in Argentina (local name “Policia Federal Argentina”) has recently taken delivery of their second EC135T2+, two years after the first arrived.  The new aircraft carries fleet code H12, and joins the existing H11 which we feature in the photos accompanying this article.  H12 carries the civil reqistration LQ-CQN and is Eurocopter... Read more

Tallinn-Helsinki route reopens 14th September

Tallinn-Helsinki route reopens 14th September

12-Sep-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Further to our scoop report that this route was to re-open, Copterline have confirmed that they will resume flights between Tallinn and Helsinki no Wednesday, 14th September.  They will fly five round trips per weekday, with the first departing Helsinki at 0800 and the last returning from the Estonian capital of Tallinn at 1730. Flights... Read more

Fatal Helicopter Accident Summary – August 2011

Fatal Helicopter Accident Summary – August 2011

12-Sep-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 August 2011.  We indicate the number of fatalities in the summary line with the number... Read more

Switzerland’s Mountain Flyers add AS350B2 from Italy

Switzerland’s Mountain Flyers add AS350B2 from Italy

12-Sep-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Swiss operator Mountain Flyers 80 has acquired a 2004-build Eurocopter AS350B2 from Italy, where it was operated by Eurojet Italia.  Previously registered I-BLBU, serial number 3816 is now registered in Switzerland as HB-ZTM, and is being financed by the German company Kunert Aircraft Asset GbR.  It replaces sister ship HB-ZAM which was written off in... Read more

Great Lakes Helicopters to open third base

Great Lakes Helicopters to open third base

11-Sep-2011

Canadian operator Great Lakes Helicopters are targetting the date of 1st October for the opening of their third base at Billy Bishop Regional Airport just east of the city of Owen Sound.  They will be using a Robinson R44 and targetting the charter market.  The company is based at the Region of Waterloo International Airport,... Read more

Czech operator DSA buys EC120 from Hong Kong

Czech operator DSA buys EC120 from Hong Kong

11-Sep-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Czech operator DSA is adding a second Eurocopter EC120 to its fleet.  Purchasing a burgundy coloured example from Hong Kong, the aircraft arrived this week at the company’s base in Hradec Kralove for reassembly, test flights etc and will be registered as OK-BST. This 2005-built aircraft, serial 1404 was previously operated by “Millenium Empire”. It... Read more

Portuguese startup operator buys Dauphin and Phenom jet

Portuguese startup operator buys Dauphin and Phenom jet

11-Sep-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Everjets, part of clothing company Ricon Group, has recently bought Dauphin G-DPHN.  It was previously operated in the UK by Starspeed for a Surrey-based owner who had upgraded from a Twin Squirrel. The Dauphin currently remains on the Britsh “G” register.  Everjets is a startup operator whose name appeared in May of this year at... Read more

Sunshine Coast Airport moves helipads to reduce complaints

Sunshine Coast Airport moves helipads to reduce complaints

9-Sep-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Sunshine Coast Airport in Ausralia’s state of Queensland is preparing to create new helipads to move the noise signature of rotary wing movements away from the east side of the airport, thus reducing the environmental impact on residential neighbours in the Pacific Paradise and Mudjimba areas.  Major Projects Councillor Debbie Blumel said that the  installation... Read more

Sikorsky owe US Army $11M, says Inspector General

Sikorsky owe US Army $11M, says Inspector General

9-Sep-2011Source: HeliHub.com

The US Defense Department’s Inspector General has released a report this week after evaluating the Army Aviation and Missile Life Cycle Management Command (AMCOM) material purchases from Sikorsky.  The items concerned related to a contract where Sikorsky supports the Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD), where the oganisation was checking whether the partnership agreement effectively minimized... Read more

Bell assigned patent for “a control system for vehicles”

Bell assigned patent for “a control system for vehicles”

8-Sep-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Bell Helicopter Textron, Fort Worth, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,014,909) developed by five co-inventors for a “control system for vehicles.” The co-inventors are Kenneth E. Builta, Euless, Texas, James E. Harris, Dalworthington Gardens, Texas, Bryan P. Honza, Grapevine, Texas, Jeffrey W. Epp, Bedford, Texas, and Kynn J. Schulte, Arlington, Texas. The abstract of... Read more

Devon Police and Ambulance helicopters to move

Devon Police and Ambulance helicopters to move

8-Sep-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Devon and Cornwall Police, together with Devon Air Ambulance, are to move their joint base to Exeter Airport.  Currently based on the Police HQ at Middlemoor, only a couple of miles away, the change of location is expected to bring the Police a windfall of millions of pounds through the redevelopment of the current site.... Read more

China’s AC313 helicopter reaches 8,000m

China’s AC313 helicopter reaches 8,000m

8-Sep-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Recent test flights of China’s heavy-lift AC313 helicopters have pushed the altitude envelope to 8,000m (26,247 feet).  This will enable it to fulfil mission on mountainous plateaus according to manufacturer Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC).  The new altitude record was achieved on a September 2nd test flight from Gonghe Airport in northwest China’s Qinghai... Read more

Fatal AS350 crash in Queensland

Fatal AS350 crash in Queensland

8-Sep-2011Source: HeliHub.com

The ATSB has begun investigation AO-2011-110 following the crash of AS350B VH-RDU earlier today.  The helicopter was being operated by Cairns based Heli Charters on a task linked to a communications tower on Double Mountain, near Shoalwater Bay in Queensland.  Police reported that two of the three occupants died in the crash, with the third... Read more

New corporate AW109E in UK

New corporate AW109E in UK

8-Sep-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Noble Foods have just registered a factory-new AW109E Power as G-ZIPE, replacing a 2006 model which was sold to Brazil earlier this year. G-ZIPE is serial number 11798.  The helicopter will be operated by Premair Aviation, who also handle the company’s Hawker 750 jet G-ZIPR.  Noble Foods bought the jet in 2009 on the registration... Read more

How popular is Eurocopter’s EC135 Hermes edition?

How popular is Eurocopter’s EC135 Hermes edition?

6-Sep-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Significant effort has been put into promoting the Hermes Edition of the Eurocopter EC135.  Eurocopter aimed this project at the high-end corporate market where they partnered with the French couture house to come up with a distinctive design, mainly in the aircraft’s interior – see below.  Some external features were also added, particularly the skid... Read more

Crash victim’s husband sues Air Methods

Crash victim’s husband sues Air Methods

5-Sep-2011Source: HeliHub.com

The husband of a female patient killed in recent EMS AS350 crash has filed a lawsuit against operator Air Methods, saying the company took an unnecessary risk by flying with low fuel. Victor Tacoronte’s wife, Terry, and three other people were killed on 26th August when a LifeNet helicopter crashed near Mosby, about 20 miles... Read more

Doctor Heli loses helicopter(s) to nuclear contamination

Doctor Heli loses helicopter(s) to nuclear contamination

2-Sep-2011Source: HeliHub.com

HeliHub.com has heard that one or more of the current Doctor Heli fleet have become contaminated by radioactive material as a result of flying too close to the Fukushima nuclear plant which had the devastating failure resulting from March’s tsunami.  After being passed as fit-to-fly by the authorities, Doctor Heli (or possibly one of their... Read more

Did helicopter pilot lie in drowning case?

Did helicopter pilot lie in drowning case?

1-Sep-2011Source: HeliHub.com

A jury is currently deliberating a case in Houston were a Department of Homeland Security pilot stands accused of lying about whether he flew his helicopter low over two would-be illegal immigrants in the Rio Grande in South Texas before one of the men drowned. Surveillance video footage allegedly shows pilot James Peters flying his... Read more

HeliHub.com adds worldwide helicopter tender data

HeliHub.com adds worldwide helicopter tender data

1-Sep-2011Source: HeliHub.com

HeliHub.com is today adding worldwide data on industry tenders to its expanding website.  Covering every aspect of helicopter business opportunities across the globe in operations, maintenance, parts supply and so on.  Working with Euclid Infotech, HeliHub.com provides a facility to query up the latest 10 tenders on your given set of criteria – including geographical... Read more

Pawan Hans asks for helicopter import duty waiver

Pawan Hans asks for helicopter import duty waiver

31-Aug-2011Source: HeliHub.com

In a bizarre twist, state owned Pawan Hans has asked the Indian Government (ultimately its owner) to waive customs duty on the import of new helicopters by the company.  The company is arguing that lower purchase prices can be passed on to the passengers in a more reasonable ticket price, particularly in outlying areas like... Read more

HeliHub.com files 10,000th helicopter industry news story

HeliHub.com files 10,000th helicopter industry news story

31-Aug-2011Source: HeliHub.com

In the last week, the HeliHub.com team have filed the 10,000th news story on this website. The team’s dedication to the task, with stories sourced from all corners of the globe in our efforts to provide the industry with the best service bar none.  We run a wider range of stories than any other industry... Read more

Hailstorm badly damages 18 helicopters

Hailstorm badly damages 18 helicopters

30-Aug-2011Source: HeliHub.com

An extreme hailstorm in Germany on Friday has meant that all 18 helicopters present had to depart the event by road.  A private fly-in at the Hotel Weißer Bär (“White Bear Hotel”) in Mülheim an der Mosel turned into a disaster as the tail end of storm “Bert” brought tennis-ball size hailstones, causing extensive damage.... Read more

Indonesian Army receives six more Mi-17s

Indonesian Army receives six more Mi-17s

30-Aug-2011Source: HeliHub.com

The Indonesian military has received six more helicopters Mi-17, with a further six to follow taking its total fleet to 18.  Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro accepted delivery in a ceremony with representatives from Russian helicopter broker agency Rosoboronexport.  The helicopters will help boost the Indonesian Army’s transport and logistics fleet. The procurement on the 18... Read more

Pawan Hans wins Pilgrimage Tourism Award

Pawan Hans wins Pilgrimage Tourism Award

29-Aug-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Pawan Hans Helicopters, India’s nationally owned helicopter operator, has been awarded the Best Aviation Company Promoting Pilgrimage Tourism 2011.  The award was presented by the tourism minister Subodh Kant Sahai to R.K. Tyagi, the Managing Director of Pawan Hans, at a function organised by the travel publication “Today’s Traveller” in New Delhi last week. The... Read more

Sri Lanka to purchase 14 Mi-17s?

Sri Lanka to purchase 14 Mi-17s?

29-Aug-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Reports from local website TamilNet suggests that Sri Lanka is negotiating to purchase 14 military spec Mi-17s, with a 43-strong delegation visiting Russia to negotiate the deal in June 2011.  The helicopters are to be built at the Ulan-Ude Aviation Works factory.  A defence analyst expressed surprise at the size of the order, given the... Read more

Russia grounds Mi-24

Russia grounds Mi-24

29-Aug-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Russia’s Air Force have reportedly grounded their Mi-24 fleet following a fatal crash on Friday.  The attack helicopter went down in the Far East region of Primorye earlier on Friday that killed one and injuring two others on board in the ensuing fire. As with all helicopter accidents and incidents, it is listed in our... Read more

Sloane Helicopters deliver UK’s third R66

Sloane Helicopters deliver UK’s third R66

29-Aug-2011Source: HeliHub.com

UK Robinson dealer Sloane Helicopters has recently delivered the third R66 into the UK market.  Serial #0031 has been handed over to a private owner in the North East of England, who will continue to operate it on the FAA registration N4478K until EASA certification is achieved by Robinson Helicopter Co in Torrance.  At that... Read more

Air Methods COO sells $261K of shares

Air Methods COO sells $261K of shares

29-Aug-2011Source: HeliHub.com

NASDAQ filing this week show that COO of Air Methods Corp. Paul H Tate sells 4,000 shares of AIRM on 24th August at an average price of $65.25 a share. – total value $261,000 Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com... Read more

Doctor Heli expands fleet with AW109s

Doctor Heli expands fleet with AW109s

27-Aug-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Japan’s Doctor Heli organisation currently flies a fleet of 15 Eurocopter EC135s and 5 MD Explorers on EMS work across Japan.  The EC135s are operated for them by Aero Hirata, and the Explorers by Aero Asahi. Doctor Heli is on the point of adding a third type – the AgustaWestland AW109.  There have at least... Read more

First EC135 arrives in South Korea

First EC135 arrives in South Korea

27-Aug-2011Source: HeliHub.com

With 1,000 aircraft produced, it seems a little surprising that no Eurocopter EC135s have yet been registered in South Korea – that is, until last week.  Serial number 0942, a Pratt & Whitney engined EC135P2+ was registered last week to Korean Air as HL9496.  HeliHub.com has approached the operator for more information on the expected... Read more

EMS pilot wins appeal on suspension

EMS pilot wins appeal on suspension

24-Aug-2011Source: HeliHub.com

A Collier County EMS pilot suspended in July for leaving his running helicopter has won his appeal.  Mark Holmes was suspended without pay July 28 and ordered to complete a safety course and pass a test before returning to work, which he immediately passed. The suspension involved an incident on July 14, when Holmes was... Read more

Huntington Beach Police sign three year deal to cover neighbouring Newport Beach

Huntington Beach Police sign three year deal to cover neighbouring Newport Beach

22-Aug-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Huntington Beach police helicopters will continue to patrol Newport Beach for now.  The City Council has approved a 3 year contract to provide helicopter services to its neighbour at the hourly rate of $700, and allowing for 1,000 hours worth of response services and patrol time per year. On July 30, Newport Beach and Costa... Read more

Finland gives two Mi-8s to Hungary

Finland gives two Mi-8s to Hungary

22-Aug-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Finland is donating their last two Mi-8s to Hungary for use in crisis management duties, after the introduction of the NH90 has now made them surplus to requirements.  The last pair, serialled HS-11 and HS-13, have been maintained airworthy at Utti Air Base with about two hours flown on each one every month.  Both have... Read more

Bristow introduces TCAS2 to S92 and S76C++ fleets on North Sea

Bristow introduces TCAS2 to S92 and S76C++ fleets on North Sea

22-Aug-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Bristow Helicopters has recently begun using the TCAS2 traffic collision avoidance system on one of its seven North Sea based S92s on a flight from Scatsa to an offshore rig.  All seven of its UK Sikorsky S92 fleet – six based at Scatsa and one at Aberdeen – are expected to have the system installed... Read more

Bristow looking for companies to buy

Bristow looking for companies to buy

11-Aug-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Bristow Group is on the hunt for companies to buy. CFO Jonathan Baliff is quoted by the Wall Street Journal as saying that the company has the biggest merger and acquisition war chest in the industry globally.  He also believes that there is mounting pressures in the industry for consolidation. “It’s a very fragmented industry,”... Read more

Copterline to restart Helsinki-Tallinn route once more

Copterline to restart Helsinki-Tallinn route once more

11-Aug-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Finnish operator Copterline looks to be ready to restart operations once again, in particular reopening the scheduled route between the capitals of Finland and Estonia, Helsinki and Tallin, potentially as early as next week. This will be the third time that flights between the two cities are being commenced. Originally in 2000, Copterline flew two... Read more

Coaxial two-seat helicopter to be launched at Russia’s MAKS show

Coaxial two-seat helicopter to be launched at Russia’s MAKS show

10-Aug-2011Source: HeliHub.com

A new Russian light helicopter, the Berkut VL, will go on show for the first time at the Moscow Air Show at Moscow’s Zhukovsky Airport next week, the manufacturer announced yesterday.  “We will show the first production standard Berkut VL, patented for mass production, at MAKS,” a Berkut representative said.  The company has not provided... Read more

East Anglian Air Ambulance to fly EC135 from Bond Air Services

East Anglian Air Ambulance to fly EC135 from Bond Air Services

8-Aug-2011Source: HeliHub.com

East Anglian Air Ambulance “EAAA” have had a rough time in recent months, starting with their previous vendor Sterling Helicopters losing their operating certificate after internal procedural irregularities (see story).  Sterling owned and operated the two Eurocopter BK117s that EAAA used, and thus the air ambulancd charity without a ride.  Within a couple of weeks,... Read more

Bolivian Air Force takes delivery of first two of six R44s

Bolivian Air Force takes delivery of first two of six R44s

7-Aug-2011Source: HeliHub.com

The Bolivian Air Force has taken delivery of two Robinson R44 helicopters, and are expecting a further four by the end of 2011. Carrying serials FAB-760 and FAB-761, the pair are based at Chimoré and operated by the newly-formed Air Group 22. They will offer a significantly cheaper training cost to the South American country,... Read more

Sri Lankan Air Force to buy two more Bell 412s?

Sri Lankan Air Force to buy two more Bell 412s?

4-Aug-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Local sources in the capital Colombo are reporting that that Sri Lankan Air Force are to buy two Bell 412s.  The report states that representatives are already with Bell in Texas discussing details of the acquisition. The SLAF already operates eight Bell 412s.  Unusually, the Air Force also operates pseudo civil flights under the operating... Read more

Fatal Helicopter Accident Summary – July 2011

Fatal Helicopter Accident Summary – July 2011

3-Aug-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 July 2011.  We indicate the number of fatalities in the summary line with the number... Read more

Dutch military helicopter pilots win British air display awards

Dutch military helicopter pilots win British air display awards

3-Aug-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Helicopter pilots from the Netherlands have picked up multiple awards in British air displays this month.  At the Royal International Air Tattoo, held at Fairford, the Apache team won “Best overseas flying dipsplay”. The Dutch military also entered a Chinook in the Concours d’Elegance event, where an international jury awarded the title of Overall Winner... Read more

State of Meghalaya continues to block Pawan Hans

State of Meghalaya continues to block Pawan Hans

2-Aug-2011Source: HeliHub.com

While operator Pawan Hans has now restarted operations in the North Eastern Indian states of Tripura and Sikkim, the State of Meghalaya continues to block the company from flying within its boundaries.  The cessation of flying started after the operator suffered two fatal accidents within a fortnight earlier this year to allow a period of... Read more

Robinson produce 4,500th R22 helicopter

Robinson produce 4,500th R22 helicopter

1-Aug-2011Source: HeliHub.com

In recent weeks, Robinson Helicopter Co have produced and shipped the 4,500th example of their iconic two seater R22.  This aircraft, and serial #4501, have been registered on 14th June in the name of Southern Ivy International Flight Academy in the Chinese city of Nanjing.  They have been allocated the marks B-7032 and B-7033 respectively.... Read more

Pawan Hans resumes helicopter services in northeast India

Pawan Hans resumes helicopter services in northeast India

28-Jul-2011Source: HeliHub.com

State-owned Pawan Hans Helicopters Ltd, which suspended services in six northeastern states after Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Dorjee Khandu and four others were killed in a crash, has resumed operations in all six states in the region.  All services previously operated by single-engined helicopters will now be flown by twins, and a thorough check has... Read more

British International sell third S61 to Vector Aerospace

British International sell third S61 to Vector Aerospace

27-Jul-2011Source: HeliHub.com

British International have recently sold a third Sikorsky S61 this year to Vector Aerospace, this being serial 61721 and registered G-BCEA, Managing Director Tony Jones has confirmed to HeliHub.com.  Previously operating on a military contract in the Falkland Islands, ‘EA had reached time for a major inspection and has thus been swapped with another example. ... Read more

Second EC225 delivered ex UK for MHS in Malaysia

Second EC225 delivered ex UK for MHS in Malaysia

27-Jul-2011Source: HeliHub.com

The second of three Eurocopter EC225s being leased by Bristow to MHS in Malaysia left the UK on delivery.  After landing mid-morning today at Redhill Aerdrome from Aberdeen, the helicopter departed lunchtime on a long leg to Dijon in France.  All three aircraft involved have been delivered from the Eurocopter factory at Marignane to Bristow’s... Read more

Gearbox failures lead Nigerian Air Force to sell Mi-34 fleet

Gearbox failures lead Nigerian Air Force to sell Mi-34 fleet

27-Jul-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Ruslan Pukhov, Director of the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies, has reported Nigeria’s Mi-34 fleet disposal, according to Russian press agency RIA Novosti.  This is part of a wider disposal program which includes 25 MiG-21 jets, which were replaced by Chinese-built F-7Ns in 2010. While the fighter jets are being disposed due to... Read more

Controversy surrounds R44 acquisition by Philippine National Police

Controversy surrounds R44 acquisition by Philippine National Police

27-Jul-2011Source: HeliHub.com

The Philippine National Police “PNP” have a total of three Robinson R44 helicopters, acquired in 2009.  These consist of two Raven Is and one Raven II, and the PNP believed at the time that they were all being acquired factory-new.  A big national controversy has been raised in recent weeks after it turned out that... Read more

HeliHub.com adds News cross-reference by helicopter type

HeliHub.com adds News cross-reference by helicopter type

26-Jul-2011Source: HeliHub.com

HeliHub.com has expanded its coverage of helicopter industry News with an index by helicopter type. The link to this page follows, and can be found in the News menu option. http://www.helihub.com/news-by-helicopter-type/ This allows quick access of all News items for a given make/model for the website user.  HeliHub.com files more News stories than any other... Read more

Air Evac Lifeteam update Oklahoma base to LongRanger IV

Air Evac Lifeteam update Oklahoma base to LongRanger IV

25-Jul-2011Source: HeliHub.com

At the Air Medical Transport Conference in Ft. Lauderdale last October, Bell announced that Air Evac Lifeteam had placed an order for sixteen Bell LongRanger IV helicopters.  HeliHub.com has heard that one of these has been allocated to their base at Woodward in Oklahoma, whch opened in May 2007, and went live on 1st July. ... Read more

UK: Specialist Aviation Services adds two directors

UK: Specialist Aviation Services adds two directors

25-Jul-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Specialist Aviation Services “SAS”, the British operator better known for its subsidiaries Police Aviation Services and Medical Aviation Services, has two new directors.  Following our report on 7th July of a change in ownership (see here), we can now advise that they have added two directors as well.  Previously we noted that we had an... Read more

CHR International launches Safari 400 model at EAA AirVenture

CHR International launches Safari 400 model at EAA AirVenture

25-Jul-2011Source: HeliHub.com

At EAA AirVenture 2011 at Oshkosh, Wisconsin this year, CHR International Inc., the producer of the Safari helicopter, will introduce the first ever new model Safari helicopter, the Safari 400. A more robust rotor head design results in smoother operation, reduced maintenance, and increased useful load. Additional standard features include electric cyclic trim and rotor... Read more

Royal Thai Army suffer third fatal helicopter accident in nine days

Royal Thai Army suffer third fatal helicopter accident in nine days

24-Jul-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Thailand has today suffered a third fatal helicopter accident in just nine days, claiming a total of 17 lives.  All three are operationally related – the third involved in the rescue of the second, which was itself on a mission related to the first accident. On 16th July, a Bell UH-1H crashed in Petchaburi Province,... Read more

Yorkshire Air Ambulance seeks Chief Pilot as contract approaches end

Yorkshire Air Ambulance seeks Chief Pilot as contract approaches end

20-Jul-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Yorkshire Air Ambulance is looking ahead to the late summer when its current contracts for both pilotage and maintenance expire.  Both aspects are currently provided by Medical Aviation Services, but YAA has decided to “do its own thing” and will employ their own Chief Pilot and are working towards their own Air Operators Certificate.  Further... Read more

Russian Helicopters estimates 267 deliveries in 2011

Russian Helicopters estimates 267 deliveries in 2011

15-Jul-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Russian Helicopters expect to deliver 267 helicopters in 2011, reports TASS quoting CEO Dmitry Petrov.  The company expects to maintain a ratio of 70% military to 30% civil as last year.  This production rate shows a continued increate having manufactured 169 helicopters in 2008, 183 in 2009 and 214 in 2010.  Approximately 50% of the... Read more

Taiwan donates Bell 427 to President of Paraguay

Taiwan donates Bell 427 to President of Paraguay

11-Jul-2011Source: HeliHub.com

In a recent ceremony, the Taiwanese ambassador to Paraguay Lien-sheng Huang handed over the keys of a Bell 427 to President Fernando Lugo as a gift from the far eastern country.  The President is seen on the right in the photo. The particular aircraft, carrying US registration N367ND was the 11th 427 off the line. ... Read more

Change of owner at Specialist Aviation Services

Change of owner at Specialist Aviation Services

7-Jul-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Specialist Aviation Services “SAS”, the British operator better known for its subsidiaries Police Aviation Services and Medical Aviation Services, has been sold.  Few details are currently available, and while Financial Director Jim Webster confirmed the change of ownership, he declined to provide any information to HeliHub.com beyond what is already public domain.  When we asked... Read more

How long to wait for a new Robinson?

How long to wait for a new Robinson?

6-Jul-2011Source: HeliHub.com

HeliHub.com has heard that the following represent the current lead time for a new aircraft ex-factory at Torrance from receipt of deposit. R22 – November 2011 (4 months) Raven I – November 2011 (4 months) Raven II – January 2012 (6 months) R66 – October 2012 (15 months) Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com... Read more

Three EC225s being prepared for MHS by Bristow in UK

Three EC225s being prepared for MHS by Bristow in UK

6-Jul-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Bristow Helicopters in the UK are currently carrying out completion work, including full paint, on three Eurocopter EC225 helicopters for MHS Aviation in Malaysia.  Two have been delivered thus far, both carrying British registrations to facilitate test flights.  The aircraft are serial 2790 registered G-CGUB and 2792 as G-CGUC, delivered in to Bristow’s base at... Read more

Fuel bladders cause delay to R66 deliveries

Fuel bladders cause delay to R66 deliveries

4-Jul-2011Source: HeliHub.com

On Friday 1st July, Kurt Robinson, president of Robinson Helicopter Co, issued a statement to the global dealer network regarding delays in deliveries of their newest model – the R66 Turbine. Over the past several months, production of the R66 has fallen behind forecast due to a shortage of fuel bladders.  Robinson has been working... Read more

Netherlands stops using Lynx helicopters for SAR work

Netherlands stops using Lynx helicopters for SAR work

4-Jul-2011Source: HeliHub.com

From Friday 1st July, full responsibility for SAR work in the Netherlands passed from 860 Sqn in the Navy to 303 Sqn in the Air Force. 860 Squadron has operated Westland Lynx helicopters in this role since the late 1970s, when they superceded Wasps. The Lynx helicopters will continue with 860 Squadron in other roles,... Read more

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