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Russian Helicopters prepares for London listing

Russian Helicopters prepares for London listing

13-Apr-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Russian Helicopters is in line to become the first global Russian defence company to list on the London Stock Exchange, following announcement of  plans to raise $500m (£307m).  The company reports about 8,500 machines in operation and accounts for 13% of the global helicopter fleet. With revenues last year of $2.7bn, the company has yet... Read more

New Hanover County sell R44 and put $300K into SABLE program

New Hanover County sell R44 and put $300K into SABLE program

12-Apr-2011Source: HeliHub.com

HeliHub.com recently reported that New Hanover County Sheriff had chosen to terminate their own air law enforcement program, and put their R44 up for auction on GovDeals.com, which closed yesterday at $425K – it was bought in 2008 for $690K. New Hanover County is putting $300K into the SABLE program – joining the Wilmington and... Read more

Turkish Police seek 10 new light twin helicopters

Turkish Police seek 10 new light twin helicopters

8-Apr-2011Source: HeliHub.com

The Turkish Security General Directorate intends to broaden its fleet with ten new helicopters, specifically stating a need to better track suspected criminals and intervening in incidents that could erupt during mass demonstrations. Reports state that they are finding their current MD600 fleet “insufficient in most cases” citing “performance problems, particularly in high temperatures and... Read more

Eurocopter wins 550M Euro funding for X4

Eurocopter wins 550M Euro funding for X4

8-Apr-2011Source: HeliHub.com

French newspaper Le Figaro yesterday reported that Eurocopter has secured French Government funding for the development of its new 4-tonne X4 model.  With 550 million euros promised, the multi-national manufacturer and its partners will also develop an ambitious program in technology including engines, avionics, rotor blades, fuselage and so on.  The four tonne market is... Read more

Boustead allocates $330M to expand MHS Aviation and Pharmaniaga

Boustead allocates $330M to expand MHS Aviation and Pharmaniaga

7-Apr-2011Source: HeliHub.com

New owners Boustead Holdings Bhd have allocated 1 billion Ringgits as 2011 capital expenditure for subsidiaries MHS Aviation Bhd and also Pharmaniaga Bhd.  No split has been announced to give a specific figure for the Malaysian offshore helicopter operator.  A company official said on today that Lembaga Tabung Angkatan Tentera (LTAT), which owns 59.28% of... Read more

Indian DGCA considers online pilot register in forgery crack-down

Indian DGCA considers online pilot register in forgery crack-down

7-Apr-2011Source: HeliHub.com

The Indian Government is planning to create an online national register of pilots with a complete dossier on each one.  The aim of this would be to eliminate pilots getting licences and jobs on the basis of falsified papers, adn the implied air safety issues therefrom. The director general of civil aviation, Bharat Bhushan, will... Read more

AgustaWestland launches AWParc alliance with Politecnico di Milano

AgustaWestland launches AWParc alliance with Politecnico di Milano

7-Apr-2011Source: HeliHub.com

The Politecnico di Milano and AgustaWestland, have launched AWParc (Advanced Rotorcraft AgustaWestland Technical Center), a company formed at the Polytechnic’s Bovisa campus.  The focus of this alliance is on expertise and skills in developing research projects related to the helicopter sector. AgustaWestland has made only two similar centers in the world, with the British Universities... Read more

Dutch military cuts likely to include Cougar fleet

Dutch military cuts likely to include Cougar fleet

7-Apr-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Over 5,000 people in the Dutch military, both service personnel and civil servants, are facing compulsory redundancies.  The government is expected to announce on Friday how it plans to make savings of €1bn in its defence budget.  Sources are suggesting that the job losses will affect all ranks. Defence minister Hans Hillen also plans to... Read more

Kazan Helicopter Plant employees steal 4,000+ parts

Kazan Helicopter Plant employees steal 4,000+ parts

5-Apr-2011Source: HeliHub.com

HeliHub.com has heard that a criminal case has been opened regarding the theft of more than 4,000 helicopter parts from Kazan Helicopter Plant, valued at 6.8 million roubles (approx $250K).  The law enforcement agencies in Tatarstan have said that parts from the factory were taken away by truck. The gang included not only the heads... Read more

Bell to restart JetRanger line in response to R66

Bell to restart JetRanger line in response to R66

1-Apr-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Bell is expected to officially announce in the next two weeks that it will reopen the JetRanger production line at Mirabel, Canada, a year after the last airframe (serial 4690) was produced for a customer in British Columbia. This move is believed to be related to the unexpectedly positive response Robinson Helicopter Co have had... Read more

Work starts on new Cornwall Air Ambulance base

Work starts on new Cornwall Air Ambulance base

30-Mar-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Work has officially started on the new base for the Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust.  Lord Lieutenant for Cornwall Lady Mary Holborow, as guest of honour, cut the first piece of turf at the site on Trevithick Downs on the south side of Newquay Cornwall Airport on Monday March 28th.  Lady Mary was joined by charity... Read more

Louisville’s WHAS and WAVE merge helicopter operations

Louisville’s WHAS and WAVE merge helicopter operations

29-Mar-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Rival television stations in Louisville, Kentucky, WHAS and WAVE are joining forces in the air, effective from 1st April.   The two stations will share air time and the video feeds will be identical on each station – and the helicopter will be painted up with one station’s colours on the port side and the other... Read more

Acquisition #3 – Boustead buys 51% of MHS Aviation

Acquisition #3 – Boustead buys 51% of MHS Aviation

28-Mar-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Boustead Holdings Bhd will buy a 51% stake in helicopter and aircraft charter services provider MHS Aviation Bhd for RM100mil in an effort to strengthen its involvement in the oil and gas industry. In Kuala Lumpur today, a filing on the “Bursa Malaysia” stock market stated that Boustead will buy 10.2mil shares of MHS Aviation... Read more

Acquisition #1 – Bond Aviation Group sold to INAER’s private equity owners

Acquisition #1 – Bond Aviation Group sold to INAER’s private equity owners

28-Mar-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Bond Aviation Group, the UK company encompassing the onshore operator Bond Air Service and its sister company Bond Offshore Helicopters, is set to be sold by Stephen and Peter Bond for a figure thought to be around £300 million (approx $480M).  The buyers are the two private equity groups that own Spanish operator INAER, which... Read more

Sikorsky to take part in HeliRussia 2011

Sikorsky to take part in HeliRussia 2011

23-Mar-2011Source: HeliHub.com

The organisers of HeliRussia 2011 have announced that Sikorsky have taken some exhibition space at the event, representing the first time the US manufacturer has made a visible push into the country in many years.  Although no details are yet being made available, it is expected that their main push will be to make some... Read more

London’s Air Ambulance reaches 25,000 missions by helicopter and car

London’s Air Ambulance reaches 25,000 missions by helicopter and car

22-Mar-2011Source: London’s Air Ambulance

London’s Air Ambulance, the Charity which runs London’s only air ambulance has today attended its 25,000th mission.  The service, which has been in operation for 23 years, also celebrates a year of being a 24hr operation next month, in April 2011, thanks to the continued support of its sponsors and the London community. London’s Air... Read more

Netherlands replaces Lynx taken captive in Libya

Netherlands replaces Lynx taken captive in Libya

22-Mar-2011Source: HeliHub.com

An Ilyushin II-76 transport plane took off from Leeuwarden Air Base yesterday towards Djibouti. On board was  a replacement Lynx helicopter for the Netherlands Navy frigate Hr. Ms. Tromp. The previous helicopter for this naval ship was captured in Libya on 27th February along with its crew of three, when they were attempting to evacuate... Read more

USMC mechanic dies after CH-53 landing gear collapse

USMC mechanic dies after CH-53 landing gear collapse

22-Mar-2011Source: HeliHub.com

According to the Naval Safety Center, the sergeant died after he was pinned under a CH-53E helicopter after the landing gear collapsed when the landing gear pin was pulled. 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 17-Mar-11 Sikorsky... Read more

HeliHub.com launches Helicopter Display Teams photo gallery

HeliHub.com launches Helicopter Display Teams photo gallery

22-Mar-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Following the success of the main HeliHub.com gallery – soon to pass the 6,000 images mark – we are today launching a more specialised gallery covering helicopter display teams. The Flickr gallery provides users of HeliHub.com the opportunity to upload their own photos, and the outstanding success of our main gallery is demonstrating just how... Read more

Weststar takes delivery of last three of nine AW139s

Weststar takes delivery of last three of nine AW139s

21-Mar-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Malaysian offshore operator Weststar Aviation Services has taken delivery of the last three of the nine AgustaWestland AW139s it ordered, primarily for supporting offshore oil and gas operations in the country.  The three were delivered today to Kualan Lumpur’s Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah airport courtesy of an Antonov AN124 freighter. Six AW139s will be based... Read more

New hangar plans progress for Air Evac Lifeteam at Portsmouth, Ohio

New hangar plans progress for Air Evac Lifeteam at Portsmouth, Ohio

20-Mar-2011Source: HeliHub.com

The Portsmouth City Planning Commission voted in recent days to allow Air Evac Lifeteam to build a hangar at their existing helipad between 11th and 12th Streets.  The plans include allowand for installation of an above-ground fuel storage tank.  No objections were raised by State Fire Marshal’s Office or the Portsmouth Fire Department. Most of... Read more

Factory-operated Rotorway A600 Talon crashes

Factory-operated Rotorway A600 Talon crashes

17-Mar-2011Source: HeliHub.com

One of two Experimental A600N Talon helicopters registered to manufacturer Rotorway International has had an accident.  The FAA preliminary report indicates that the pilot noticed a jolt while in cruise flight, but the ensuing autorotation ended up with the helicopter on its side.  N602RW is registered with an Experimental airworthiness certificate, with the category listed... Read more

Azerbaijan changing laws to allow private aircraft

Azerbaijan changing laws to allow private aircraft

17-Mar-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Arif Mammadov, Azerbaijan’s Director of the State Civil Aviation Administration has announced this week that the country is to allow individuals and organizations to own their own aircraft.  Demand from the private sector has driven this decision, and will require various changes in regulations.  Due to hostilities in the recent past years, private ownership of... Read more

FAA drops Part 145 de-certification case against Phoenix Heliparts

FAA drops Part 145 de-certification case against Phoenix Heliparts

17-Mar-2011Source: HeliHub.com

The FAA has dropped its Part 145 de-certification case against Phoenix Heliparts in return for the withdrawal of its appeal to the NTSB of the FAA’s revocation of Phoenix Heliparts’ Part 145 repair station certificate last August.  This enables Phoenix to start the re-certification process immediately. Company president Tina Cannon said, “The case is now... Read more

US Marine Corps UH-1N has mid-air engine fire

US Marine Corps UH-1N has mid-air engine fire

15-Mar-2011Source: HeliHub.com

A US Marine Corps Bell UH-1N has today made an emergency landing in a field at Jacksonville, US-North Carolina after experiencing a mid-air port engine fire.  Based at the nearby Marine Corps Air Station New River, the photos of the UH-1N where it landed show significant scorch marks The six crew on board all exited... Read more

Sloane Helicopters prepare to fly R66 on UK and Eire demo tour

Sloane Helicopters prepare to fly R66 on UK and Eire demo tour

14-Mar-2011Source: HeliHub.com

The second Robinson R66 is flying in Europe, serial 0017, arrived last week with Sloane Helicopters and is now flying after the usual uncrating and airtesting.  It is appropriately registered N66UK and is painted dark blue in common with their corporate colours and their past landmark aircraft – both the 1000th R22 as G-OSHL and... Read more

New Hanover County Sheriff R44 auction opens

New Hanover County Sheriff R44 auction opens

14-Mar-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Bidding is underway on the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office auctions off its Robinson R44 – see earlier stories on this operation on HeliHub.com here The auction opened in the last week on the website govdeals.com starting at $150,000.  It is currently showing 7 bids with the highest at $350,000.  see http://www.govdeals.com/index.cfm?fa=Main.Item&itemID=268&acctID=359 Sheriff Ed McMahon... Read more

Libya Crisis – Dutch trio freed

Libya Crisis – Dutch trio freed

12-Mar-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Following our article Libya Crisis – Three Dutch soldiers and one Lynx captured, we can now advise that the three members of the Dutch military have been released and are already in the Greek capital Athens en route home.  Defense Minister Hans Hillen: “We are very pleased. Our people are safe, what a wonderful news.”... Read more

Winnipeg police EC120 zapped with laser; man arrested

Winnipeg police EC120 zapped with laser; man arrested

11-Mar-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Winnipeg police made a quick arrest after someone directed a laser beam at their helicopter.  The EC120 was flying over a downtown neighbourhood when it was targetted by a laser pointer.  Officers quickly pinpointed the house where they believed the beam was coming from and made an arrest.  The man was later released, but only... Read more

First Cabri G2 delivered into Switzerland

First Cabri G2 delivered into Switzerland

10-Mar-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Guimbal Helicopteres has today delivered its first Cabri G2 to Switzerland, the 22nd aircraft off the production line.  Its operator will be Procopter at Grenchen, who will begin to operate this helicopter immediately, including participation in a major air show this weekend, or 10,000 people are expected. Procopter becoming our distributor for this region, and... Read more

Mexican operator Pegaso orders five EC145s, plus five more on option

Mexican operator Pegaso orders five EC145s, plus five more on option

10-Mar-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Transportes Aéreos Pegaso, who already operate one of the largest Eurocopter fleets in Latin America, have placed an order for five Ec145s to fulfil a transportation contract with CFE (Comisión Federal de Electricidad).  The customer is the national electricity company for Mexico. Pegaso already operates six EC145s, including the one shown in the photo below... Read more

Bond Air Services signs for eight EC135T2e

Bond Air Services signs for eight EC135T2e

10-Mar-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Britain’s Bond Air Services has placed orders for eight Eurocopter EC135 T2e enhanced versions.  This new model take the maximum takeoff weight of up to 2,950 kg and offers a 40-kg. gain in payload and allowing an extra passenger to be carried with a load margin extension from its previous weight rating. Currently, Bond Air... Read more

Czech Police EC135 damaged in night training flight

Czech Police EC135 damaged in night training flight

9-Mar-2011Source: HeliHub.com

On 2nd March, a Czech Police Eurocopter EC135T2 suffered a heavy landing on a night training flight at approx 20.00 hours local.   A photo of the result can be seen here on the Planes.CZ website.  Local press reports say that the Czech Police only insure themselves for damage caused by third parties. HeliHub.com adds a... Read more

Rotorcraft Leasing Sikorsky S76 makes wheels up landing

Rotorcraft Leasing Sikorsky S76 makes wheels up landing

9-Mar-2011Source: HeliHub.com

A Sikorsky S76 operated by Rotorcraft Leasing made a wheels up landing last Saturday at Capt G Allan Hancock Field (akak KSMX Santa Maria Public Airport). HeliHub.com adds a separate page for every reported incident, including details of the particular helicopter and links to online reports of the event. see05-Mar-11 N5402T Sikorsky S76 Santa Maria,... Read more

Barefoot waterski speed record broken – behind an AW119

Barefoot waterski speed record broken – behind an AW119

8-Mar-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Mexican businessman Fernando Reina Iglesias broke the world speed record for barefoot water skiing on 2nd March, it has emerged.  Towed behind an AgustaWestland AW119 in Acapulco, Reina reached 153mph, breaking the previous record of 135mph set by American skier Scott Pellaton 22 years ago.  Public notary Manlio Favio Pano witnessed the event, helping the... Read more

New helicopter show launched by original Helitech team

New helicopter show launched by original Helitech team

6-Mar-2011Source: HeliHub.com

The biannual Helitech show in the UK now has competition rather closer to home than they would like.  Having sold out the Helitech show to Reed Exhibitions, most of the original team are behind “The Helicopter Show 2012” which will be hosted at Farnborough in September 2012.  With the UK version of Helitech in September... Read more

One of the last Westland Wasps written off

One of the last Westland Wasps written off

6-Mar-2011Source: HeliHub.com

In a somewhat bizarre accident, Westland Wasp G-BZPP was written off Saturday at Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton in the UK.  The helicopter was hovering at low level when it was hit from behind by a taxying fixed wing Starduster aircraft. It was one of the very last airworthy Wasps remaining in the world HeliHub.com... Read more

New Swiss “SKYe” design expected to generate interest at Heli-Expo

New Swiss “SKYe” design expected to generate interest at Heli-Expo

6-Mar-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Marenco Swisshelicopter is launching the “SKYe” helicopter at Heli-Expo with a full-size representation likely to draw lots of interest.  Looking like a potential competitor to the Bell 429 or Eurocopter EC135, the twin engined aircraft has been developed over the last four years by Martin Stucki.  As owner of Marenco AG, Stucki is CEO of Marenco... Read more

Brazil takes delivery of first two UH-60Ls

Brazil takes delivery of first two UH-60Ls

6-Mar-2011Source: HeliHub.com

The first two of eight UH-60L Black Hawks have arrived in Brazil following a 16-day flight from the Sikorsky plant at Elmira, New York state. The pair are coded 8907 and 8908, and were handed over in a ceremony on Sunday 13th February.  The Black Hawks are painted in a new scheme not seen before... Read more

R44 crashes and burns in the Everglades

R44 crashes and burns in the Everglades

6-Mar-2011Source: HeliHub.com

An extensive search involving helicopters from Broward County Sheriff, Palm Beach County and Miami Dade Fire Dept, along with airboats too, were launched to locate a Robinson R44 which was overdue on Saturday morning on a flight from Orlando to Tamiami in Florida.  The helicopter, a 2008 model owned by Bravo Helicopters of Miami (http://www.flybravohelicopters.com),... Read more

Eurocopter have mystery wrapped up at Heli-Expo 2011

Eurocopter have mystery wrapped up at Heli-Expo 2011

5-Mar-2011Source: HeliHub.com

The centre piece of Eurocopter’s booth at Heli-Expo is wrapped up for a theatrical reveal on show open morning tomorrow.  The manufacturer will not be drawn on exactly what is under the wraps, but industry speculation points to the new EC146, which in very simplistic terms is an EC145 with a fenestron tail rotor. Stay... Read more

Eurocopter giving away seven iPads at Heli-Expo

Eurocopter giving away seven iPads at Heli-Expo

5-Mar-2011Source: HeliHub.com

American Eurocopter will be giving away 7 iPads throughout the Heli-Expo.  Only persons residing in United States who are at least 18 years of age can enter, so that counts out getting on for half of the show visitors from outside the US.  Sweepstakes Starts March 02, 2011 @ 12:30 pm (CST) and ends March... Read more

Eurocopter to launch the AS350B3e

Eurocopter to launch the AS350B3e

5-Mar-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Hidden away on Eurocopter’s website is a brief note on the helicopters they have on the show floor at Heli-Expo in Orlando, and they are… EC175 mockup in offshore configuration – expect some Gulf of Mexico orders to be announced EC130 for Air Methods in an all-blue scheme with Life Flight titles – registration N506LF... Read more

EMS EC135 makes precautionary landing at Boston Logan Airport

EMS EC135 makes precautionary landing at Boston Logan Airport

4-Mar-2011Source: HeliHub.com

A Eurocopter Ec135 of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Airborne Response Team “D-HART” made a precautionary landing at the busy Boston Logan Airport today after the pilot reported difficulties with one engine.  Airline operations were not affected in the way that Britain’s London City Airport came to a standstill yesterday after a similar emergency. It was on its... Read more

Libya Crisis – Three Dutch soldiers and one Lynx captured

Libya Crisis – Three Dutch soldiers and one Lynx captured

4-Mar-2011Source: HeliHub.com

The Dutch military have announced that the three of their soldiers have been captured by Libyan Government troops – the action taking place last Sunday and not broadcast until yesterday.  The Lynx was operating from the Dutch Navy ship Tromp, landing in Libya to evacuate two people who were being held against their will.  However,... Read more

Coroner at 7/7 terrorism inquest says London Air Ambulance needs “proper funding”

Coroner at 7/7 terrorism inquest says London Air Ambulance needs “proper funding”

4-Mar-2011Source: HeliHub.com

On 7th July 2005, the city of London was rocked by a series of terrorist blasts during the morning rush hour, targetting three underground trains and one iconic red London bus.  A total of 56 people died, including four suicide bombers. There is currently an inquest in London into the tragic events of that day. ... Read more

Three helicopters wrongly fuelled at Forestville

Three helicopters wrongly fuelled at Forestville

4-Mar-2011Source: HeliHub.com

A group of three helicopters, believed to all be  R44s, were touring together and stopped for fuel at Forestville Airport in Canada.  One experienced significant loss of power not long after take-off and it turned out that all three were wrongly fuelled with Jet fuel instead of AvGas. HeliHub.com adds a separate page for every... Read more

AS532 door problem sucks out crew member to his death

AS532 door problem sucks out crew member to his death

4-Mar-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Information is still coming in on an accident involving a French military Eurocopter AS532 Cougar helicopter.  Shortly after take-off, a crew member noticed the door was not correctly closed and went to adjust it.  In the process of this manouevre, he was sucked out of the aircraft.  A second crew member went to help and... Read more

Fresno becomes latest California city to cut back on helicopter use

Fresno becomes latest California city to cut back on helicopter use

2-Mar-2011Source: HeliHub.com

In the last month, San Jose has proposed temporarily grounding its helicopter to save money, Costa Mesa has stopped flying, Long Beach is looking to downgrade to cheaper helicopters, and now it’s the turn of Fresno.  The city operates two Eurocopter EC120s, as shown in the photo below The City of Fresno is cutting back... Read more

Lynn Tilton gets her own TV show

Lynn Tilton gets her own TV show

2-Mar-2011Source: HeliHub.com

MD Helicopters majority owner Lynn Tilton is to get her own television show, courtesy of the Sundance Channel.  Under the working title of “Diva of Distressed“, the show will promote her on a mission to save troubled businesses across America.  It’s not clear from the initial information whether it will feature her current investments such... Read more

Sterling Flight Training adds Robinson R44

Sterling Flight Training adds Robinson R44

2-Mar-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Sterling Flight Training of Jacksonville has taken delivery of a Robinson R44 for their training school.  Sterling took delivery of the Raven I at the Robinson factory in California and then flew it cross-country to Sterling’s base at Craig Airport (CRG) in Jacksonville, Florida. Chief flight instructor Scott Malone will use the R44 for primary... Read more

Chilean Forestry Department finally starts Sokol operations

Chilean Forestry Department finally starts Sokol operations

2-Mar-2011Source: HeliHub.com

CONAF, the Chilean Forestry Department, took delivery of its first PZL Sokol helicopter back last Autumn, as reported here on HeliHub.com – but has been grounded since then due to lack of qualified pilots.  The organisation has suffered a significant amount of local criticism due to bad planning of the whole operation. Aviation director Manuel... Read more

Arizona fixed-wing school Sonoran Wings adds helicopters

Arizona fixed-wing school Sonoran Wings adds helicopters

2-Mar-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Sonoran Wings Flight Training Centre at Tucson International Airport is adding helicopters to its fleet, which previously included only fixed-wing aircraft.  The company has added two Robinson R22s in mid-February and will add a Robinson R44 helicopter soon.  Jerry Williams, the school’s general manager, said he has wanted to add helicopters ever since the school... Read more

Upper Limit Aviation B206 crashes on training flight in Utah

Upper Limit Aviation B206 crashes on training flight in Utah

2-Mar-2011Source: HeliHub.com

A Bell 206B JetRanger of Upper Limit Aviation has crashed at Bolinder Field – Tooele Valley Airport.  The helicopter was on a training flight and suffered a very heavy landing.  Both occupants were reportedly trapped in the helicopter, which ended up on its starboard side and with the boom separated from the airframe. HeliHub.com adds... Read more

Pawan Hans to set up helicopter academy in Pune

Pawan Hans to set up helicopter academy in Pune

27-Feb-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Anticipated by HeliHub.com’s report of Pawan Hans issuing a tender for two 2-3 seat helicopters which we reported late last week.  It has now been confirmed that state owned Pawan Hans Helicopter Ltd (PHHL) will open its new training academy in the city of Pune. PHHL has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on 7th... Read more

Azerbaijan buys 24 Mi-35M attack helicopters

Azerbaijan buys 24 Mi-35M attack helicopters

25-Feb-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Azerbaijan continues its military build up with the purchase of 24 Mi-35M attack helicopters for its Army.  Russian company Rostvertol has revealed that it signed a deal in September-October 2010, General Director Boris Slyusar said yesterday. The agreement came to light as the general director announced Rostvertol’s 2010 trading figures, which showed a net profit... Read more

Pawan Hans issues tender for supply of two light helicopters for training

Pawan Hans issues tender for supply of two light helicopters for training

25-Feb-2011Source: HeliHub.com

State owned Indian helicopter operator Pawan Hans has issued a tender document seeking two 2-3 seat helicopters, primarily for training use.  The specification requires the helicopters offered to be in current production  and to meet the requirements laid down in JAR Part 27,  FAR Part 27, in section ‘G’ of British Civil Aviation Airworthiness  Requirements... Read more

Finland to donate two Mi-8s to international crisis management

Finland to donate two Mi-8s to international crisis management

24-Feb-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Finland is donating its last two Soviet-built Mi-8s to international crisis management activities, and discussed options with several other countries. The likely recipient is Hungary, which is expected to deploy the helicopters in Afghanistan. The Finnish donation would be part of the Multinational Helicopter Initiative (MHI), which was set up three years ago by the... Read more

Alan Mann Helicopters have their operators certificate restored

Alan Mann Helicopters have their operators certificate restored

21-Feb-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Alan Mann Helicopters had their AOC (Air Operations Certificate) reinstated on 2nd February 2011 according to CAA spokesman Richard Taylor today.  The company had its AOC revoked by the CAA on 14 July 2010 after some key personnel left the company and they were unable to meet the CAA’s requirements – in terms of named... Read more

More Austrian B206s arrive in Australia

More Austrian B206s arrive in Australia

21-Feb-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Further to our breaking story last week that two Agusta-Bell 206As had arrived at the Airwork facility at Caboolture, we can report that the toal package now appears to be six helicopters.  The following Austrian codes, followed by their Agusta serials, have been reported there now:- 3C-JB (8128),  3C-JC (8130), 3C-JF (8133), 3C-JH (8135), 3C-JJ... Read more

Two Heli Union Super Pumas escape Libyan crisis

Two Heli Union Super Pumas escape Libyan crisis

21-Feb-2011Source: Helihub.com

Two French registered Super Pumas have arrived in Malta, apparently “escaping” the crisis in Libya where they have been based at Tripoli International Airport since July 2005.  The pair are both operated by Heli Union.  The Times Of Malta is reporting that their departure from Libya was so hurried that only one passenger of seven... Read more

Heliair Chairman transfers 100,000 shares to Managing Director Sean Brown

Heliair Chairman transfers 100,000 shares to Managing Director Sean Brown

21-Feb-2011Source: HeliHub.com

HeliHub.com has been looking at the public-accessable company records of UK operator Heliair, in particular the shareholdings in the company.  The Financial Accounts for the year to 31 March 2010 stated that the only directors holding shares in the company at the end of that period were Mr C E W Peel  – 2,233,700 shares... Read more

UK CAA deny they have suspended Sterling Helicopters’s AOC

UK CAA deny they have suspended Sterling Helicopters’s AOC

21-Feb-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Following the press release put out by East Anglian Air Ambulance, HeliHub.com made further enquiries into the wider implications of what this EMS operator has publically stated, in particular their statement that “the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) temporarily suspended the Air Operators Certificate (AOC) of Norwich-based firm Sterling Aviation”. On speaking with Richard Taylor of... Read more

Smoke, Lights, Music – HeliAir launch Europe’s first R66

Smoke, Lights, Music – HeliAir launch Europe’s first R66

19-Feb-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Heliair today held a launch party for the first R66 in Europe, although the weather was certainly not favourable and the small number of demo flights were kept within the airfield boundary due to the cloudbase. Flights were also limited to those people who had already placed orders for the RR300 turbine-powered five seater from... Read more

CHC airfreights first two helicopters to Australia for Woodside contract

CHC airfreights first two helicopters to Australia for Woodside contract

18-Feb-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Over three months ahead of contract start date on 1st June, CHC yesterday air freignted the two AW139s it needs for the Woodside Energy contract in an Antonov An124 of Volga-Dnepr Airlines.  The pair had been delivered from the factory in Italy to CHC in the UK and then ferried to CHC’s Norwegian base at... Read more

Austrian Air Force sells two AB206s to Australia

Austrian Air Force sells two AB206s to Australia

17-Feb-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Two Bell AB206 JetRangers were delivered by road to Airwork’s facility at Caboolture Airfield in Australia today.  Coded 3C-JF and 3C-JM, these were previously operated by the Austrian Air Force and retired from service in 2009. Austria bought a total of 25 AB206/OH-58s, a first batch of 13 AB206A models, followed later by 12 OH-58Bs. ... Read more

Ornge ready to launch AW139 in south western Ontario

Ornge ready to launch AW139 in south western Ontario

17-Feb-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Ontario based EMS operatior Ornge will launch their next AW139 at the organisations base at London in south western Ontario.  Guest of honour at the invitation-only event will be Hon. Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, while various key figures in Ornge will also attend, including Randy L’Heureux (Associate VP of Operations), Rick... Read more

Brazil takes delivery of two UH-60L Black Hawks

Brazil takes delivery of two UH-60L Black Hawks

17-Feb-2011Source: HeliHub.com

The Brazilian Air Force has taken delivery of two new UH-60Ls, coded 8907 and 8908, in a handover ceremony on Sunday 13th February at Sikorsky’s facility at Elmira, New York state.  The Black Hawks are painted in a new scheme not seen before in Brazil – a green/grey camouflage.  This week sees the two helicopters... Read more

Portuguese operator EMA marks 5,000 hours of Ka32 operations

Portuguese operator EMA marks 5,000 hours of Ka32 operations

17-Feb-2011Source: HeliHub.com

On last January 16, 2011, EMA (Empresa de Aerial Media, Ltd) marked 5,000 hours with their Ka32 fleet – Kamov 32A11BC, registration CS-HMM, was the actual helicopter which flew the milestone , under the command of pilot  José Mendes, co-pilot Joana Santos and winch operator Bruno Martins.  This achievement comes after only three years of... Read more

UK Opposition leader uses AgustaWestland visit for political purposes

UK Opposition leader uses AgustaWestland visit for political purposes

16-Feb-2011Source: HeliHub.com

UK opposition leader Ed Miliband visited AgustaWestland’s Yeovil factory last Friday and reportedly used the visit to try rubbishing the country’s third party – the Liberal Democrats – who have historically had significantly strong support in the area.  He used the visit to mount a campaign to “win back the trust” of voters in the... Read more

Costa Mesa Police helicopter cut – what next for ABLE?

Costa Mesa Police helicopter cut – what next for ABLE?

16-Feb-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Late Tuesday evening, the Costa Mesa city council voted 4 to 1 in favour of cutting its “Eagle One” police helicopter program and eliminating two jobs which paid a total of almost $275,000.  Costa Mesa has been one of the two major partners with Newport Beach in the ABLE “AirBorne Law Enforcement” program, which operated... Read more

State Interior Minister visits DRF base at Karlsruhe

State Interior Minister visits DRF base at Karlsruhe

16-Feb-2011Source: HeliHub.com

The Karlsruhe DRF base has hosted the visit of a high profile political figure on Monday 14th February.  The Baden-Wuerttemberg Interior Minister, Heribert Rech was briefed on the duties and responsibilities of the Karlsruhe rescue helicopter. Among others, he was accompanied by another Member of Parliament, Katrin Schütz. At helicopter’s base, Heribert Rech met board... Read more

Aero Vodochody to close UK subsidiary Rotortech

Aero Vodochody to close UK subsidiary Rotortech

16-Feb-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Czech manufacturer Aero Vodochody has announced that it will close its UK subsidiary Rotortech Aero in April 2011, after it completes its last orders for its contracted partners.  All production, except that involving UK military restricted work, is being transferred to the Czech Republic.  While citing high wage costs in the UK, president Ladislav Å imek... Read more

Mil Mi-28 Night Hunter fleet grounded

Mil Mi-28 Night Hunter fleet grounded

16-Feb-2011Source: HeliHub.com

The Mil Mi-28 Night Hunter has been grounded following a fatal crash yesterday – see HeliHub.com safety report at 15-Feb-11 Mil Mi-28N Budyonnovsk, Russia (1F).  A Russian Ministry of Defense spokesman said the crash of the Mil Mi-28 Night Hunter attack helicopter occurred Tuesday in the Budyennovsk district of the Stavropol region. Reports vary on... Read more

Aviamarket plans adventure route for R66 deliveries to Russia

Aviamarket plans adventure route for R66 deliveries to Russia

15-Feb-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Russian dealer Aviamarket has announced that they have three sales to date of the Robinson R66 to owners in Russia.  They are planning for at least one of these to be flown from the factory in August 2011 mostly following the northern coastline of the Pacific Ocean via British Columbia, Alaska and Siberia all the... Read more

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