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UK: Dorset Police put MD902 operation up for review in budget cut proposals

UK: Dorset Police put MD902 operation up for review in budget cut proposals

4-Jul-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Britain’s Dorset Police have reportedly put their aviation and maritime units on the block in budget cut proposals, citing a need to reduce spending by 20% by 2014.  The local Daily Echo newspaper notes that  these are two of a number of proposals under consideration (see their article) The October 2010 announcement by the Association... Read more

First Bell 429 arrives in Russia

First Bell 429 arrives in Russia

4-Jul-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Jet Transfer – official representative in Russia, Kazakhstan and Ukraine, is pleased to report the delivery of the first Bell 429 to Russia. The helicopter will be be based at Chelyabinsk.   [File photo] Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com... Read more

“Christoph 53” celebrates 25 years in Mannheim

“Christoph 53” celebrates 25 years in Mannheim

3-Jul-2011Source: HeliHub.com

For 25 years starting from Mannheim Airport, a helicopter rescue of the DRF to its operations. Since it was launched on 1st July 1986, “Christoph 53” has flown over 16,600 missions from its base in Mannheim, Germany.  A celebration was held on Friday 1st to mark the occasion, with around 80 invited guests at the... Read more

Spain approves $30M upgrade for AB212 ASW fleet

Spain approves $30M upgrade for AB212 ASW fleet

3-Jul-2011Source: HeliHub.com

On Friday 1st July, the Spanish Government approved the contract to modernise the country’s fleet of Agusta-Bell AB212 ASW helicopters.  The value of the deal is 21 million euros (approx $30.5M), and will tie the Spanish Navy over until they fully introduce their NH90s.  This upgrade program is one of just two approved for the... Read more

UK: Proposal for Eastern Counties Police Maintenance to add North Midlands

UK: Proposal for Eastern Counties Police Maintenance to add North Midlands

29-Jun-2011Source: HeliHub.com

The North Midlands police air support unit is proposing to move its maintenance provision to an organisation dedicated to police helicopters.  ECPM – the Eastern Counties Police Maintenance organisation – was established in April 2007 to provide aircraft engineering services to the Eastern Consortium (Essex, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk Forces). In mid-March 2011, ECPM was approached... Read more

Two repossessed LongRangers sold from UK to Canada

Two repossessed LongRangers sold from UK to Canada

29-Jun-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Last month we ran an article on seven helicopters changing their address on the British CAA’s G- register to that of a finance company.  Two of the affected LongRangers have now been sold to Canada. The two aircraft are Bell 206L (serial 45077), previously G-OLDN – last airworthiness certificate expired 30th July 2009 Bell 206L-1... Read more

BATS – new maintenance company created by Bristow Nigeria

BATS – new maintenance company created by Bristow Nigeria

28-Jun-2011Source: HeliHub.com

After our previous reports of Bristow divesting themselves of Pan African Airlines, HeliHub.com has now heard that their maintenance department has been hived off into a separate company.  This will allow them to provide maintenance at arms-length to PAA, as well as their own operations – Bristow Helicopters (Nigeria) Ltd. The new organisation, BGI Aviation... Read more

Canada buys nine US-101s from suspended VH-71 program

Canada buys nine US-101s from suspended VH-71 program

27-Jun-2011Source: HeliHub.com

One of the pledges made by Barack Obama prior to being elected President was to was to cancel the presidential VH-71 Kestrel helicopter program – which had been awarded by his predessor George Bush after British prime minister Tony Blair had cosied up to him on behalf of AgustaWestland.  However, Bush’s administration then changed the... Read more

India ready to withdrawn final 4 helicopters from UN operations

India ready to withdrawn final 4 helicopters from UN operations

26-Jun-2011Source: HeliHub.com

The Telegraph India has reported that India is preparing to withdraw the last four Mi-35 attack helicopters next month, citing strong domestic need for the aircraft. The contract with Monusco (the UN’s mission in Democratic Republic of Congo) expires in less than two weeks on 4th July.  However, the Congo is heading towards a residential... Read more

Norwegian operator Blueway signs for fourth EC225

Norwegian operator Blueway signs for fourth EC225

24-Jun-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Norwegian operator Blueway signed for a fourth additional EC225 at the Paris Air Show, completing their initial order of three EC225s signed this spring with Eurocopter.  Present at the signature was the newly appointed Blueway CEO Jakob Bae and Eurocopter President and CEO Lutz Bertling. Blueway AS has provided helicopter services since 1986 and today... Read more

India to receive first six VIP AW101s in 2012

India to receive first six VIP AW101s in 2012

24-Jun-2011Source: HeliHub.com

India will receive next year the first batch of the 12 helicopters for transportation of VIPs. Half the fleet is expected by the end of 2012 as the assembly of the first two helicopters has commenced at the manufacturer’s facilities in Europe. “We have started assembling the first two helicopters and will be soon moving... Read more

Life Link III starts six month trial at Willmar, Minnesota

Life Link III starts six month trial at Willmar, Minnesota

22-Jun-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Air Ambulance operator Life Link III is operating a helicopter from Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar for a six-month trial starting this week. The helicopter and crew will be stationed at the hospital during daylight hours three days a week — Monday, Tuesday and Friday.  At the end of this period an assessment will be... Read more

Lansing Community College faculty members and Icon Aviation being investigated over OH-58

Lansing Community College faculty members and Icon Aviation being investigated over OH-58

21-Jun-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Lansing Community College’s aviation mechanics program is the centre of an investigation involving a Bell OH-58A Kiowa.  Harry Whitehead, the lead faculty member who ran the aviation program before he was fired last month, allegedly tried to sell the helicopter to a long-time acquaintance two years ago.  He was expecting a running OH-58 in exchange... Read more

Devon Air Ambulance change engine supplier with new EC135 order

Devon Air Ambulance change engine supplier with new EC135 order

20-Jun-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Devon Air Ambulance “DAA”, which runs the EMS coverage in UK’s county of Devon, was one of the earliest to take to the air in the UK nad has been one of the most successful too.  DAA currently operate two EC135s, a 2003-build EC135T2 leased from Bond Air Services and a newer EC135T2+ which the... Read more

Paraguay Police add four UH-1s

Paraguay Police add four UH-1s

16-Jun-2011

Two UH-1s, serialled A-11 and A-12, have been added to the helicopter fleet of the Paraguayan Police, who previously operated only Robinson R44s.  This fleet expansion provides them with significantly more capability than they have previously had.  The UH-1Hs are fitted with mountings for snipers as well as being suitable for all emergencies, with kit... Read more

Sikorsky HH-52A Seaguard put on display in Museum of Flight

Sikorsky HH-52A Seaguard put on display in Museum of Flight

14-Jun-2011Source: HeliHub.com

The Museum of Flight in Seattle displayed a new exhibit yesterday – a Sikorsky HH-52A Seaguard The HH-52A entered service in 1963, with the US Coast Guard taking delivery of 99 examples which were based on cutters, icebreakers and air stations. The fleet was credited with saving 15,000 lives and $1.5 billion in property loss... Read more

Aragon pioneers Spain’s use of unmanned helicopters for firefighting

Aragon pioneers Spain’s use of unmanned helicopters for firefighting

14-Jun-2011Source: HeliHub.com

With helicopters widely used in Spain for firefighting, the autonomous community Aragon is the first to use unmanned helicopters to help fight fires.  Consisting of three provinces – Huesca, Zaragoza, and Teruel – Aragon is located in north eastern Spain and borders France to the north. Using two UAVs from local company INDA, Aragon has... Read more

British Apache engineers could strike over pay

British Apache engineers could strike over pay

13-Jun-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Britain’s Apache engineers could go out on strike if today’s pay negotiations are rejected, it has been reported.  The Unite union is in discussions with engineering firm Morson Wynnwith who employ the engineers, and meet the company directors today to try to reach a compromise. Mark Robinson, regional officer for Unite, said: “The company made... Read more

UK’s HeliDays event cancelled

UK’s HeliDays event cancelled

13-Jun-2011Source: HeliHub.com

The Bristol Evening Post is reporting that this year’s HeliDays event at Weston-super-Mare “has been axed after failing to attract any sponsors”.  The report states that the organisers have been unable to attract funding for the three day event after losing a grant from the local town council.  Given that the event only broke even... Read more

Bristow sells stake in Pan African Airlines

Bristow sells stake in Pan African Airlines

13-Jun-2011Source: HeliHub.com

In compliance with the Nigerian Oil & Gas Industry Content Development Act and the Air Operators Recertification Process of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations, Bristow Group has announced the transfer of its shares in Pan African Airlines Nigeria (PAAN) Limited into Nigerian ownership. This opens the way for Pan African Airlines (Nigeria) Ltd to market... Read more

Two lifting accidents in four days for San Diego Gas & Electric’s Air-Crane

Two lifting accidents in four days for San Diego Gas & Electric’s Air-Crane

12-Jun-2011Source: HeliHub.com

In December 2009, Erickson Air-Crane announced that San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) company was their first non-governmental sale for the Air-Crane.  In the last week this helicopter has hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons with not one but two lifting incidents.  Fortunately the helicopter was not damaged in either event, but the... Read more

Rescue helicopter crashes rescuing a helicopter

Rescue helicopter crashes rescuing a helicopter

10-Jun-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Mount Ebrus in the Caucasus Mountains in the southern part of Russia is the highest mountain in Europe.  Yesterday it hosted the dubious honour of a double helicopter crash.  Firstly a Robinson R44 on a tourist flight crashed at an altitude of 3,800 metres, reportedly due to poor visibility.  The emergency authority EMERCOM sent a... Read more

HeliHub.com adds accident data cross-reference by helicopter type

HeliHub.com adds accident data cross-reference by helicopter type

8-Jun-2011Source: HeliHub.com

HeliHub.com has expanded its coverage of helicopter accidents and incidents with an index by helicopter type.  The link to this page follows, and can be found in the Safety menu option. http://www.helihub.com/safety-data-by-helicopter-type/ This allows quick access of the accidents and incidents to a given make/model for the website user to review and draw conclusions.  HeliHub.com... Read more

UK: Avon Fire & Rescue has EC145 demo

UK: Avon Fire & Rescue has EC145 demo

7-Jun-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Avon Fire & Rescue, the emergency authority based around Bristol in South West UK, is today having a demonstration of a Eurocopter EC145.  It arrived at Bristol’s Filton Airprt yesterday using the callsign “Redfox 01”, and is a German registered example D-HTCL. Back in December 2009, fire chief Kevin Pearson put in a request to... Read more

Guimbal appoints UK dealer for Cabri

Guimbal appoints UK dealer for Cabri

7-Jun-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Helicopteres Guimbal have told HeliHub.com that a dealer has been appointed to sell the Cabri into EUrope’s biggest civil helicopter market – the United Kingdom. Cotswold Helicopters, based at Kemble in Gloucestershire (also known as Cotswold Airport), have signed a dealership agreement with the French manufacturer and will be operating serial number 1028 later this... Read more

Sikorsky buys Danish Sea King fleet for S61T Iraq contract

Sikorsky buys Danish Sea King fleet for S61T Iraq contract

7-Jun-2011Source: HeliHub.com

It is a comprehensive process to sell military helicopters, but the Danish Defence Logistics Organization has now successfully sold its Sea King fleet, having already replaced them operationally by AgustaWestland AW101 Merlins in the last few years. In total, seven S-61 helicopters and accompanying spare parts and accessory packs have been sold, realising approx 40... Read more

Norsk Luftambulance to fly new EMS operation in Denmark

Norsk Luftambulance to fly new EMS operation in Denmark

3-Jun-2011Source: HeliHub.com

A new EMS operation is opening in the Danish provinces of Midtjylland / Nordjylland (Central and Northern Jutland), with a Eurocopter EC135 flown by Norway’s Norsk Luftambulanse.  This is only the second air ambulance helicopter in Denmark, and the first one operational 24 hours a day.  Although Denmark is a small country, its hospital structure... Read more

Christoph Europa 1 marks 50,000th mission

Christoph Europa 1 marks 50,000th mission

2-Jun-2011Source: HeliHub.com

ADAC, the German-based rescue organisation, has announced that it’s “Christoph Europa 1” base achieved its 50,000th mission on 18th May.  Based at Aachen-Merzbrück airfield, the helicopter was on its 725th Use this year after being called to an emergency to Baesweiler. These impressive figures reflect a high daily operating frequency, which averaged five missions per... Read more

Groundbreaking for the new Ticino base for Rega

Groundbreaking for the new Ticino base for Rega

2-Jun-2011Source: HeliHub.com

REGA, the Swiss Air Ambulance operator, has broken ground on a new base for Ticino, the southernmost canton in the mountaineous land-locked country.  Located at Locarno airport, the new facility is expected to be operational in June 2012. EMS cover began in Ticino in 1980 with a small hangar, an Alouette III and two pilots.... Read more

Gulf Helicopters commissions AW139 simulator

Gulf Helicopters commissions AW139 simulator

2-Jun-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Doha-based Gulf Helicopters has commissioned its new AgustaWestland AW139 full motion flight simulator. The simulator incorporates the latest technical advancements in flight simulation, and “state of the art” graphic displays, was officially certified by the UK’s CAA last week initially as a Full Flight simulator (FFS) as per JAR-FSTD H to Level B. Gulf Helicopters... Read more

Idaho-based EMS operator expecting two Bell 429s

Idaho-based EMS operator expecting two Bell 429s

30-May-2011Source: HeliHub.com

St. Luke’s Health System’s bases at Twin Falls and Meridian are expected to upgrade their helicopters to Bell 429s in the near future.  Like their current 430s, these will be leased from Boise-based Idaho Helicopters, and will half the lift-off time offered by the current machines to just four minutes.  An exact date is not... Read more

ÖAMTC base at Krems marks 25,000th mission

ÖAMTC base at Krems marks 25,000th mission

30-May-2011Source: HeliHub.com

27 years after being launched, the “Christopherus 2” of the ÖAMTC air ambulance in AUstria launched its 25,000th mission.  Based at Krems, the EC135 was flown by Gerhard Trötzmüller with doctor Robert Mosser  and flight paramedic Armin Schwanzer to transport a 52 year old patient with severe head injuries in the Regional Hospital of St.... Read more

Eurocopter Canada delivers two EC135P2+ to Ontario Provincial Police

Eurocopter Canada delivers two EC135P2+ to Ontario Provincial Police

29-May-2011Source: Eurocopter Canada

What follows is the official Eurocopter Canada press release.  HeliHub.com first broke this story on 4th February, almost four months ago, see here. In an official ceremony held at the Ontario Provincial Police Headquarters, Eurocopter Canada Limited (ECL) officially transferred two new generation twin-engine EC135 helicopters to the Ontario Provincial Police. “The multi-role EC135 is... Read more

EASA certification of R66 now expected September 2011

EASA certification of R66 now expected September 2011

27-May-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Following FAA type certification for the Robinson R66 in October 2010, it was initially thought that EASA certification would follow in the May/June 2011 timeframe.  With the end of May upon us, HeliHub.com has been speaking with Robinson Helicopter Co and others to get the latest update.  As a result, we are able to report... Read more

First Eurocopter maintenance center in Panama opens

First Eurocopter maintenance center in Panama opens

26-May-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Eurocopter has opened a new maintenance centre in Panama uNder the auspices of its Mexican subsidiary.  Located on the premises of Heliflight Panama at Panama City’s Albrook Airport, the facility initially specialises in the AS350 and EC120 ranges “Customer care is a high priority for Eurocopter Mexico. We are very pleased to certify the new... Read more

Chartright adds AW119 to fleet in Toronto

Chartright adds AW119 to fleet in Toronto

25-May-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Based in Toronto with an additional base in Vancouver, Canadian operator Chartright has added a Hawker 800 and an  Agusta 119 Koala to their charter fleet.  The single engine helicopter will be based at Toronto. The Agusta 119 Koala is a single engine high performance helicopter, capable of transporting up to 6 passengers over short... Read more

Van Horn Aviation expands with move this summer to new facility

Van Horn Aviation expands with move this summer to new facility

24-May-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Van Horn Aviation, the manufacturer of helicopter rotor blades, is expanding its presence in Tempe (Arizona) with the purchase of a new facility four times the size of its existing location.  The move from a leased unit near Rural and Broadway roads is to a 23,000 sq.ft unit it is purchasing near Elliott Road and... Read more

Was Turkish Police Alouette II overloaded in fatal accident?

Was Turkish Police Alouette II overloaded in fatal accident?

24-May-2011Source: HeliHub.com

A fatal Turkish police SA318C Alouette II crash on Friday has raised a number of questions. The National Police Department Aviation Unit has launched an investigation into the crash, which occurred during a flight to examine Ä°stanbul’s city MOBESE security cameras, which are installed in many streets across the city. The four people killed in... Read more

North Sea flights cancelled due to ash cloud

North Sea flights cancelled due to ash cloud

24-May-2011Source: HeliHub.com

As a number of airlines including British Airways, Flybe and Loganair cancel flights, North Sea helicopter operators appear to be following suit.  Bond Offshore Helicopters has already cancelled return flights for BP from Aberdeen to both “Well Enhancer” and “Island Constructor”, as well as another return flight for ConocoPhilips from Aberdeen to jackup rig “Ensco... Read more

Pawan Hans AS350B3 was not equipped for adverse weather

Pawan Hans AS350B3 was not equipped for adverse weather

20-May-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Initial reports from India on the Pawan Hans AS350B3 crash on 30th April are pointing to the aircraft being only VFR equipped and thus unable to handle IMC conditions.  However, weather conditions were reportedly not conducive to VFR operations in the accident which claimed the lives of Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu and four... Read more

Police R44 for Mexico’s Colima state gets embroiled in politics

Police R44 for Mexico’s Colima state gets embroiled in politics

18-May-2011Source: HeliHub.com

The governor of Mexico’s Colima state has confirmed an order for a police-equipped Robinson R44.  However, politicians from the two main opposition parties Partido Acción Nacional and Partido Nueva Alianza are both aiming to make political mileage by comparing the state government’s pricing of the whole project at $1.2 million, and Robinson’s list price of... Read more

Finance company address for 7 UK helicopters

Finance company address for 7 UK helicopters

17-May-2011Source: HeliHub.com

We have noticed that a total of seven helicopters on the UK Civil Aviation Authority register have last week had a change of address to a finance company.  The seven are:- * Bell 206 – G-CBYX, G-TTMB * Bell 206L – G-MAAX, G-OHHI, G-OLDN * Eurocopter AS355F – G-BSYI, G-ICSG All seven continue to be... Read more

Was terrorism coroner right to criticise London’s helicopter EMS provision?

Was terrorism coroner right to criticise London’s helicopter EMS provision?

13-May-2011Source: HeliHub.com

In the last few days, the coroner at a London hearing has been summing up her findings of the inquest into the terrorist attacks in London on 7th July 2005, involving explosions on three underground trains and one of London’s iconic red buses.  The last of nine recommendations states “The Department of Health, the mayor... Read more

First R66 arrives in Latin America

First R66 arrives in Latin America

13-May-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Agencias Universales has recently registered R66 serial 0022 as CC-AEE.  This marks the first R66 in South America, and HeliHub.com is surprised that this event has occurred in Chile rather than Brazil or Argentina, traditionally much bigger markets for the California-based manufacturer than Chile. There are two R66 dealers in Chile – Agrotores Trabajos Aereos... Read more

Bond Offshore Helicopters register second AW139

Bond Offshore Helicopters register second AW139

13-May-2011Source: HeliHub.com

The second AW139 for Bond Offshore Helicopters is now registered in the UK as G-PERB.  This is the second aircraft for operations on the Southern North Sea for Perenco, and will be based at Norwich.  There are reports of Bond acquiring a total of four AW139s, two leased from Era Helicopters – these first two... Read more

Russian Helicopters shelve IPO

Russian Helicopters shelve IPO

13-May-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Russian Helicopters, has shelved its initial public offering at the London stock index this week because of a lack of demand for shares, adding to the list of Russian companies that have failed to make it in Europe. “While the IPO would serve the Russian government’s strategic vision for the industry, we are also very... Read more

UK: Lothian Helicopters cease trading

UK: Lothian Helicopters cease trading

12-May-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Lothian Helicopters website has been reduced to the following notice Please note that Lothian Helicopters has gone into administration with effect from 11th May 2011 If you have purchased flights with Lothian Helicopters, please check with your credit card company or PayPal to seek a refund. Lothian were run by Iain Grindlay and opeated two... Read more

R66 arrives in Russia

R66 arrives in Russia

11-May-2011Source: HeliHub.com

The new turbine Robinson R66 will appear in Russia, with two dealers claiming victory in who wins the race. On 5th April, Aviamarket took their first R66 in a ceremony at the factory at Torrance in California.  President of the manufacturer Kurt Robinson assesses the Russian market as very promising for private aviation and continually... Read more

Rotorspot to help HeliHub.com with Canadian import/export data

Rotorspot to help HeliHub.com with Canadian import/export data

10-May-2011Source: HeliHub.com

HeliHub.com is continually looking for ways to expand its coverage of registration data around the world and wea are pleased to announce that we have teamed up with Netherlands-based Rotorspot.NL to bring you the import and export data from the Canadian register.  Each month we will report on the helicopters imported to Canada, and those... Read more

Largest Chinese unmanned helicopter makes first flight

Largest Chinese unmanned helicopter makes first flight

9-May-2011Source: HeliHub.com

On Saturday, the largest unmanned helicopter built in China to date made its first flight in Weifang City of east China’s Shandong Province.  With a max take-off weight of 757kg, it flew from the flight-test center of Weifang Tianxiang Aerospace Industry Co.Ltd, hovering for ten minutes, before performing a few manoeuvres before concluding with a... Read more

American Eurocopter delivers 10th of 12 AS350B2s to LA County Sheriff

American Eurocopter delivers 10th of 12 AS350B2s to LA County Sheriff

9-May-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Last week, American Eurocopter delivered the tenth AS350B2 to the Los Angeles County Sheriff Dept’s Aero Bureau out of a fleet of twelve on order.   The Aero Bureau operates out of a large dedicated facility at Long Beach Airport. The twelve are registered N950LA through N962LA omitting N952LA.... Read more

AW139 handed over to Shenzhen Police

AW139 handed over to Shenzhen Police

5-May-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Yesterday, 4th May, a handover ceremony was held between Shenzhen Police, Avic International and AgustaWestland for the formal acceptance of the second police helicopter of Shenzhen. The AW139 will help enhance the security protection and fulfill the task of winch rescues, fire-fighting, low-level patrol, precaution for large activity, video images transmission and so on. Member... Read more

UK: HH Helicopters expand with addition of A109 and AS355

UK: HH Helicopters expand with addition of A109 and AS355

5-May-2011Source: HeliHub.com

HH Helicopters, based at Cotswold Airport (aka Kemble) in the UK have big expansion plans.  Currently operating R44 and JetRanger types, they have now added an Agusta A109 and are expecting a Eurocopter AS355F2 Twin Squirrel next week.  The addition of these aircraft to the fleet, each expecting to fly 200 hours a year with... Read more

AW139 rolled out in full Bond Offshore colours

AW139 rolled out in full Bond Offshore colours

5-May-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Bond Offshore Helicopters are due to start operating the AW139 on offshore operations to the Southern North Sea soon.  A key customer in this region of gas fields is Perenco, for which Bond will fly a pair of AW139s, registered G-PERA and PERB picking up the first three letters of oil company’s name. On delivery,... Read more

HeliHub.com files 9,000th helicopter industry news story

HeliHub.com files 9,000th helicopter industry news story

5-May-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Earlier today, the HeliHub.com team have filed the 9,000th 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, with many stories not being covered by any other industry website and an... Read more

Swiss R66 website launched by distributor Valair

Swiss R66 website launched by distributor Valair

5-May-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Swiss Robinson distributor Valair Helicopter Services has launched a dedicated website for the R66 at http://www.r66-helicopter.ch to support their sales efforts in country.   Valair have been the official Robinson dealer for Switzerland for over 10 years, and are (as you would expect from this article!) also the R66 dealer.  In January they reported having two... Read more

UK: Total Air Management Services S333 sold to Switzerland

UK: Total Air Management Services S333 sold to Switzerland

4-May-2011Source: HeliHub.com

The UK fleet of five Schwiezer 333s has not flown for some time – three have airworthiness expiry dates in 2009, one in 2010 and the last has been de-registered after a post-maintenance accident after the main rotor gearbox had been replaced. The first four, registered G-TAMA, B, C and D were bought by Total... Read more

Was Bin Laden casualty a stealth UH-60?

Was Bin Laden casualty a stealth UH-60?

3-May-2011Source: HeliHub.com

As more photos becomeo available of the helicopter casualty in the raid which saw Osama Bin Laden killed, more questions get raised.  From the announcement late in the  Washington evening on Sunday 1st May, we know that four helicopters were used in the raid at Abbottabad in Pakistan, and that one crashed.  As usual, HeliHub.com... Read more

Pawan Hans extends tender date for two new light helicopters

Pawan Hans extends tender date for two new light helicopters

2-May-2011Source: HeliHub.com

On Thursday 28th, Pawan Hans issued an amendment to the documents issued in February, putting the closing date of the tender back by three weeks to 18th May.  The tender reference is PHHL/CO/MKT/4817/51 and State owned Indian helicopter operator Pawan Hans has issued a tender document seeking two 2-3 seat helicopters, primarily for training use. ... Read more

Seychelles: Zil Air to add R44 Clipper II to fleet

Seychelles: Zil Air to add R44 Clipper II to fleet

2-May-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Seychelles operator Zil Air has confirmed an order for a Robinson R44 Clipper II, due in service by December 2011.  The new helicopter will enable Zil Air to provide cost effective services for entry level clients, be it couples requiring transfers, business island transfers, or visitors wishing to enjoy scenic flights and excursions.  This will... Read more

Gulf Helicopters to add nine to fleet by 2015

Gulf Helicopters to add nine to fleet by 2015

1-May-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Gulf Helicopters have announced plans to invest about 500M Qatari Riyals on new aircraft over the next four years – approx US $137.4M in today’s money.  In parent company Gulf International Services’ five-year business plan released this week, they state that nine new helicopters would join their fleet by 2015 and that they expected demand... Read more

India’s State of Meghalaya suspends Pawan Hans

India’s State of Meghalaya suspends Pawan Hans

1-May-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Media reports are saying that the Indian state of Meghalaya, in the north east of the country, have suspended Pawan Hans helicopter services in the state with immediate effect.  This follows the crash of one of their Mi-17s on 19th April killing 17, and controversy surrounding one of their new AS350B3s which was reported missing... Read more

World’s most famous SAR pilot gets married

World’s most famous SAR pilot gets married

29-Apr-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Great Britain’s Prince William gets married today to Catherine Middleton in a ceremony which is expected to be watched on TV by one quarter of the world’s population – one and a half billion viewers.  Staggering numbers.  Very few countries come anywhere near to challenging the Brits in the level of pomp and circumstance that... Read more

UK: Great North Air Ambulance prepares for third N2 Dauphin

UK: Great North Air Ambulance prepares for third N2 Dauphin

29-Apr-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Great North Air Ambulance is to add a third Dauphin to their fleet, a move that has been expected for some time but did not previously have a time frame.  The news comes as their maintenance provider, Multiflight at Leeds, registers an N2 Dauphin in the same sequence of registrations.  Great North currently operates G-NHAA... Read more

Weststar signs offshore contracts worth US $1.4 Billion

Weststar signs offshore contracts worth US $1.4 Billion

28-Apr-2011Source: HeliHub.com

In Malaysia, Weststar Aviation Services has signed contracts with five major oil and gas industry organisations to provide them with helicopter support for the next 10 years.  The deals are worth an estimated RM4.2 billion (US $1.4 billion) Group MD Tan Sri Syed Azman Syed Ibrahim said the company will fly for Petronas Carigali, ExxonMobil... Read more

Bell assigned patent for “Automatic Velocity Control System for Aircraft”

Bell assigned patent for “Automatic Velocity Control System for Aircraft”

28-Apr-2011Source: HeliHub.com

United States Patent no. 7,931,238, issued on April 26, was assigned to Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, Texas). “Automatic Velocity Control System for Aircraft” was invented by Kenneth E. Builta (Euless, Texas) and Kynn J. Schulte (Arlington, Texas). According to the abstract released by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office: “A flight control system... Read more

Sikorsky assigned payload retention system patent

Sikorsky assigned payload retention system patent

28-Apr-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Sikorsky Aircraft, Stratford, Conn., has been assigned a patent (7,931,428) developed by Brandon L. Stille, Cheshire, Conn., for an “aircraft payload retention system for interior loads.” The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: “An aircraft payload retention system includes a cable, a brake assembly, a hollow crushable member... Read more

Carson set for expansion with 60+ new jobs

Carson set for expansion with 60+ new jobs

26-Apr-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Carson Helicopters is in the process of planning applications to increase its warehouse and manufacturing buildings in the Philadelphia suburb of Hilltown by about 60%, Estelle Eberhardt has confirmed.  This follows 40,000 sq.ft of warehousing built in 2008 on the site which they have made their headquarters for almost fifty years.  Hilltown supervisors gave preliminary... Read more

Russia set to relax rules on foreign ownership of operators

Russia set to relax rules on foreign ownership of operators

25-Apr-2011Source: HeliHub.com

The current 49% limit on shareholdings in Russian air operators is set to be relaxed, with representatives from the Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Economy, Rosaviatsia and law enforcement agencies meetin to discuss possible changes to article 61 in the “Air Code” legislation. The Ministry of Economy have declined to comment on the situation, and... Read more

Indianapolis PD close to selling MD600 and restart ops with B206A

Indianapolis PD close to selling MD600 and restart ops with B206A

24-Apr-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Local press reports suggest that Indianapolis Police are close to selling their MD600 with an overseas buyer inspecting it around now.  This aviation unit ceased operations in October 2009 under budgetary pressure, putting its MD600 flagship, two Hughes 300s and an early Bell 206A into storage.  A report in July 2010 cited public safety officials... Read more

UK: Sister company of PremiAir Aviation and Battersea HP in administration

UK: Sister company of PremiAir Aviation and Battersea HP in administration

23-Apr-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Two banks – Lloyds and Barclays – have called in administrators Ernst & Young on Von Essen Hotels Ltd after the company failed to make interest payments on its £250m debt.  The company owns 26 luxury hotels in UK and France, including some of the finest stately homes and castles in the country including Thornbury... Read more

Pawan Hans Mi-17 crashes, killing 17

Pawan Hans Mi-17 crashes, killing 17

19-Apr-2011Source: HeliHub.com

HeliHub.com adds a separate page for every reported incident, including details of the particular helicopter and links to online reports of the event. see 19-Apr-11 Mil Mi-17 Tawang, India (17F)... Read more

Heli Horizon releases iPhone app to help pre-flight checks for R22, R44, EC120 and AS350

Heli Horizon releases iPhone app to help pre-flight checks for R22, R44, EC120 and AS350

19-Apr-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Franch operator Heli Horizon has launched an iPhone app “Helicopter Checklist” which they hope will be an indispensable assistant for pilots.  The app has pref-flight check lists, separated out into Pre-flight, Before Starting, Start Engine and Stop Engine. The “basic version” (their description, not HeliHub’s) includes four checklists for R22 R44 helicopters EC120 and AS... Read more

UK: Legal proceedings filed to close down Sterling Helicopters

UK: Legal proceedings filed to close down Sterling Helicopters

18-Apr-2011Source: HeliHub.com

In a recent filing in the London Gazette, one of the official journals of record of the British government, British helicopter operator Sterling Helicopters is facing complete closure. Published on Friday 15th April, a document dated Wednesday 13th April indicated that Toby Blackwell Ltd was seeking a petition to wind up (close) the company, claiming... Read more

British International sell two Sikorsky S61s

British International sell two Sikorsky S61s

14-Apr-2011Source: HeliHub.com

British International have sold two of their Sikorsky S61N helicopters to Vector Aerospace.  The pair are currently at Southampton Docks awaiting shipment across the Atlantic, destination British Columbia for work at Vector’s Vancouver International Airport base.  Both airframes need extensive work to get them airworthy, one having not flown for 10 years. The particular airframes... Read more

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