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US and Indian Navies Hold Ceremony to Commemorate India’s First MH-60R

US and Indian Navies Hold Ceremony to Commemorate India’s First MH-60R

21-Jul-2021Source: US Navy

The U.S. and Indian navies celebrated a historic milestone when two MH-60R Seahawk helicopters were inducted into the Indian Naval Fleet during a ceremony at Naval Air Station North Island, July 16. The ceremony is part of an ongoing initiative that also includes comprehensive training for Indian aircrew and maintainers on operating and sustaining the... Read more

Indian Navy accept first two of 24 MH-60R helicopters

Indian Navy accept first two of 24 MH-60R helicopters

20-Jul-2021Source: Indian Navy

On 16 July 2021, Indian Navy accepted the first two of its MH-60R Multi Role Helicopters (MRH) from US Navy in a ceremony held at NAS North Island, San Diego. The ceremony marked the formal transfer of these helicopters from US Navy to Indian Navy, which were accepted by His Excellency Taranjit Singh Sandhu, Indian... Read more

HAL set to deliver first batch of 3 Light Combat Helicopters to IAF

HAL set to deliver first batch of 3 Light Combat Helicopters to IAF

14-Jul-2021Source: The Hindu

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is gearing up to deliver the first batch of three Light Combat Helicopters (LCH) to the Indian Air Force (IAF) once acceptance tests are completed. These are part of the 15 Limited Series Production (LSP) helicopters approved for the Army and the IAF. See Full Story. ... Read more

Yogeshwar proposes heliport at Jakkur aerodrome

Yogeshwar proposes heliport at Jakkur aerodrome

24-Jun-2021Source: Daijiworld.com

Tourism and environment minister C P Yogeshwwar, who has been in the news for his dissidence activities against chief minister B S Yediyurappa, has now proposed to establish a heliport at the Jakkur Flying Training School aerodrome in Jakkur as part of the plans to promote heli-tourism in Karnataka. See Full Story.... Read more

Indian Coast Guard receives three Dhruv Mk.III helicopters

Indian Coast Guard receives three Dhruv Mk.III helicopters

17-Jun-2021Source: HAL

In a major boost to the ALH Mk-III indigenous Coast Guard programme, three Advanced Light Helicopter (ALHs) manufactured by HAL were inducted into the stables of Indian Coast Guard by Dr Ajay Kumar, Defence Secretary, today. These helicopters which are part of ALH Mk III programe will be positioned in Bhubaneswar, Porbandar, Chennai and Kochi... Read more

11-Apr-21 VT-YMA Leonardo AW109SP Madavana, India

11-Apr-21 VT-YMA Leonardo AW109SP Madavana, India

11-Apr-2021

Corporate helicopter owned by LuLu International who issued this statement (from Outlook India) regarding the incident, which involved their CEO “Yusuff Ali, currently in Kerala, was on a short trip from his home in Kochi to visit a relative at a nearby hospital. Due to the sudden deterioration of weather conditions and heavy rains, the... Read more

Elections bring big boost to Indian helicopter charter

Elections bring big boost to Indian helicopter charter

6-Apr-2021Source: Times of India

The assembly elections have provided a booster shot to the Indian helicopter charter industry, which was reeling under the impact of the Covid pandemic. Industry insiders say that it’s the first time ever that helicopters have been in high demand for assembly poll campaign in states like West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Assam. See Full... Read more

Mauritius signs helicopter lease with India

Mauritius signs helicopter lease with India

24-Feb-2021Source: Mauritius Government

Mauritius and India have embarked on new avenues of bilateral cooperation with the signing of the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation and Partnership Agreement (CECPA), today, at the Receptorium of the National Assembly in Port Louis. Prior to the signing of the CECPA, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Mauritius, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth had a... Read more

Airbus, BLADE to boost on-demand helicopter services in South Asia

Airbus, BLADE to boost on-demand helicopter services in South Asia

22-Feb-2021Source: Airbus

Airbus has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with FlyBlade India (BLADE) – a joint venture between U.S.-based technology-powered air mobility company Blade Urban Air Mobility Inc. and Indian investment firm Hunch Ventures – to help develop the on-demand helicopter services market in South Asia. Airbus and BLADE will collaborate to create awareness about on-demand... Read more

Airbus to partner with Flytech to train drone pilots in India

Airbus to partner with Flytech to train drone pilots in India

12-Feb-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Flytech Aviation Academy, a leading Indian aviation training academy, to explore collaboration opportunities in Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) training. The MoU was signed at Aero India 2021. Airbus brings a wealth of experience in aviation training, courseware development, safety and quality standards, while Flytech excels in aviation... Read more

Rosoboronexport to Present at Aero India 2021

Rosoboronexport to Present at Aero India 2021

4-Feb-2021Source: Rosoboronexport

JSC Rosoboronexport (part of Rostec State Corporation) is organizing a joint display of Russian industrial enterprises at the Aero India 2021 international aerospace exhibition, which will be held at the Air Force Station in Yelahanka, Bengaluru, the Republic of India, on February 3-5. “Russia and India have been maintaining and building up mutually beneficial strategic partnership.... Read more

Bid deadline for Pawan Hans extended by a month

Bid deadline for Pawan Hans extended by a month

20-Jan-2021Source: The Tribune India

The government has extended the preliminary bid submission deadline for buying Pawan Hans by a month till February 18. See Full Story.   ... Read more

Blade India launches services from Karnataka

Blade India launches services from Karnataka

5-Jan-2021Source: The Economic Times

BLADE India, the helicopter operator that provides urban mobility by selling seats, today announced the launch of its services in Karnataka. See Full Story.... Read more

Indian Navy plans to lease 10-12 Light Utility Helicopters

Indian Navy plans to lease 10-12 Light Utility Helicopters

14-Dec-2020Source: The EurAsian Times

Under the newly introduced Defense ministry leasing guidelines, the Indian Navy is looking to lease light utility helicopters for its logistical needs. The Navy is looking to fill vital gaps in the frontline warships by urgently leasing 12-18 helicopters from foreign vendors. See Full Story.... Read more

Uttarakhand Government to add 8 destinations under Regional Connect

Uttarakhand Government to add 8 destinations under Regional Connect

23-Nov-2020Source: The Times of India

The Uttarakhand government is mulling helicopter service on eight routes, including Dehradun-Haridwar-Mussoorie, even though the existing helicopter service under the RCS (Regional Connectivity Scheme) of the Udan (Ude Desh Ka Aaam Nagrik) programme between Dehradun and Gauchar has not picked up as well as the government had hoped. See Full Story.... Read more

Blade adds new route in India

Blade adds new route in India

10-Nov-2020Source: YOO Villas

Pune-based Panchshil Realty announced that Fly Blade India Pvt. Ltd. has started operating daily helicopter services between Pune and Mumbai from Panchshil’s YOO Villas helipad in Pune. YOO Villas is an exclusive enclave of signature villas designed by global celebrity designer Kelly Hoppen and is located close to the bustling business district of Kharadi in... Read more

Helicoper link reopens to Kedarnath pilgrimage site

Helicoper link reopens to Kedarnath pilgrimage site

15-Oct-2020Source: Times of India

Kedarnath is one of the most prominent pilgrimage sites in the country, and has now resumed its helicopter services after a long gap due to COVID-19 pandemic. The helicopter service for Kedarnath started on Friday, with a total of 890 people making use of the service on the very first day. See Full Story.... Read more

Air Safa sets Airbus H125 as basis of new Indian aircraft leasing business

Air Safa sets Airbus H125 as basis of new Indian aircraft leasing business

8-Oct-2020Source: Airbus Helicopters

Air Safa Pte. Ltd., a Singapore based aircraft leasing company, has signed a purchase agreement with Airbus Helicopters for one H125 helicopter with the option to add another one in the future. The H125 will be placed on a dry lease to Indian operators for multirole missions, including passenger transportation and aerial work. “We have... Read more

Morocco, Netherlands and India to add Longbow fire control radar to AH-64E fleets

Morocco, Netherlands and India to add Longbow fire control radar to AH-64E fleets

8-Sep-2020Source: Lockheed Martin

The U.S. Army recently awarded LONGBOW Limited Liability Company (LBL), a joint venture of Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC), four Foreign Military Sales contracts to provide the AH-64E Apache helicopter AN/APG-78 LONGBOW Fire Control Radar (FCR) to Morocco, Netherlands, UAE and India Army. “The LBL team is excited to bring... Read more

Indian Government plans heliports in western Maharashtra

Indian Government plans heliports in western Maharashtra

18-May-2020Source: The Times of India

Minister of state for agriculture and cooperation Vishwajeet Kadam on Monday informed that the government was planning to have one heliport each in every district of western Maharashtra. See Full Story. ... Read more

Heritage Aviation starts first helicopter route under Indian connectivity scheme

Heritage Aviation starts first helicopter route under Indian connectivity scheme

12-Feb-2020Source: HeliHub.com

The Indian Ministry of Civil Aviation has made its first route award under the Regional Connectivity Scheme (UDAN-RCS) to a helicopter operator. Heritage Aviation will now operate a service between Sahastradhara helipad in Dehradun with routes to Gauchar and Chinyalisaur.  HeliHub.com understands that the company will be operating their Agusta AW109E Power on this route... Read more

Pawan Hans appoints new chairman and managing director

Pawan Hans appoints new chairman and managing director

12-Feb-2020Source: HeliHub.com

Pawan Hans have announced that Sanjeev Razdan has been appointed as the chairman and managing director (CMD).  Razdan is at present general manager at the operator, the largest in India, and has been appointed as the CMD for a five-year tenure. Pawan Hans is owned by the Indian Government, 49% by the state-owned Oil & Natural Gas Corporation... Read more

HAL gets Initial Operational Clearance for LUH

HAL gets Initial Operational Clearance for LUH

11-Feb-2020Source: HAL

The Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has received the Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) for its Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) paving the way for its productionisation. Mr R Madhavan, CMD, HAL received the IOC document from Mr G Sateesh Reddy, Secretary, Department of Defence R & D and Chairman, DRDO at the ‘Bandhan’ programme held at ongoing... Read more

Port of Mangalore adds helipad for cruise ship services

Port of Mangalore adds helipad for cruise ship services

10-Nov-2019Source: NMPT

A new Cruise season dawned at NMPT [New Managalore Port Trust] and the first vessel of the season “AIDA VITA”, a Panama Flag vessel sailed into the Port in the early hours on 04 November 2019 with 1154 passengers and 407 crew members on board. The Port authorities and the agents welcomed the passengers to... Read more

India donates pair of Mi-35s to Afghanistan

India donates pair of Mi-35s to Afghanistan

28-Oct-2019Source: Defense and Security Monitor

The Afghan Air Force has received two Indian helicopters. At a ceremony on Tuesday at the military airbase in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, the Indian government formally handed over two Mi-35s to the Afghan Air Force, which were donated in support of Afghanistan’s counterterrorism efforts. See Full Story. ... Read more

Pawan Hans recruiting Chairman and Managing Director during privatisation process

Pawan Hans recruiting Chairman and Managing Director during privatisation process

25-Sep-2019Source: Hindustan Times

At a time when loss-making Pawan Hans is in the process of being privatised, the helicopter company has issued a notice inviting applicants for the post of its chairman and managing director (CMD) See full story... Read more

23-Sep-19 VT-UTC Airbus H125 Kedarnath, India

23-Sep-19 VT-UTC Airbus H125 Kedarnath, India

23-Sep-2019

Tail damaged and starboard skid splayed out on landing at Kedarnath shrine, which is at an altitude of 11,500ft.  6 POB no serious injuries.  Wreckage airlifted out 26 October per this press report... Read more

Rostec presents Mi-171A2 and Ka-226T intended for India at EEF

Rostec presents Mi-171A2 and Ka-226T intended for India at EEF

5-Sep-2019Source: Russian Helicopters

As part of its joint exposition with the Buryat Republic, Russian Helicopters Holding Company (part of Rostec State Corporation) will present its latest civilian helicopter Mi-171A2 and Ka-226T light-weight multi-purpose helicopter, which are planned to be supplied to India, at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok. Earlier, Russian Helicopters and Global Vectra company (India) had... Read more

Meghalaya State Government to extend helicopter service?

Meghalaya State Government to extend helicopter service?

11-Jul-2019Source: HeliHub.com

The Meghalaya Government are currently debating to extend their helicopter services to other districts in Meghalaya. This expansion will focus on emergency services during disasters, reports North East News. A helipad will be built on East Khasi Hills district.... Read more

HAL seeks private investment to expand Dhruv production

HAL seeks private investment to expand Dhruv production

9-Jul-2019Source: HeliHub.com

HAL has recently organised a workshop where they invited Indian private investors, in the hopes of co-producing their AHL Dhruv. Invitees included Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers, ASSOCHAM, Karnataka State Development Council, CII and Karnataka Udyog Mitra. A Request for Quotation was issued in April of this year, stating that the selected partner will be... Read more

Pawan Hans unable to pay April salaries

Pawan Hans unable to pay April salaries

30-Apr-2019Source: HeliHub.com

India’s largest helicopter operator, Pawan Hans, is in a financial crisis and unable to pay employee salaries for April. The company reportedly sent a circular sent to employees on Thursday saying that the company is facing “an uncomfortable financial position”. It is also the time of year that salary levels are historically reviewed, according to... Read more

India – MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters

India – MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters

9-Apr-2019Source: DSCA

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to India of twenty-four (24) MH-60R Multi-Mission helicopters for an estimated cost of $2.6 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of India has requested to buy twenty-four (24) MH-60R... Read more

New Indian Helicopter Taxi Service

New Indian Helicopter Taxi Service

4-Mar-2019Source: HeliHub.com

Suresh Prabhu, the Union Minister of civil aviation has recently launched he UDAN-II scheme. The scheme provides a helicopter taxi service from Shimla to Chandigarh. They began the service at three flights a week, but after a fortnight it will be six flights a week, reports Times of India.... Read more

Army Chief Flies HAL Light Combat Helicopter

Army Chief Flies HAL Light Combat Helicopter

1-Mar-2019Source: HAL

The Army Chief, General Bipin Rawat, flew the Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) during the ongoing Aero India at Air Force Station, Yelahanka, here. The helicopter was piloted by Wg Cdr S John, HAL’s Test Pilot. Terming the sortie in LCH as an experience of life time, he said it is suitable for the Army to... Read more

HAL Hands Over Three ALHs to Indian Army Ahead of Schedule

HAL Hands Over Three ALHs to Indian Army Ahead of Schedule

28-Feb-2019Source: HAL

HAL handed over first   three ALHs as part of the 22 ALH MK III contract to the Indian Army during the on-going Aero India 2019 today. HAL had entered into a contract with the Indian Army for 40 ALH (22 ALH Mk III and 18 Mk IV Rudra) in August 2017. Of the 22 helicopters, 19... Read more

Indian Defence Minister expresses interest in HAL Naval Utility Helicopter

Indian Defence Minister expresses interest in HAL Naval Utility Helicopter

28-Feb-2019Source: HAL

The Defence Minister, Ms Nirmala Sitharaman visited HAL Stall here at the on-going Aero India 2019 and evinced keen interest in HAL products displayed at the stall. She witnessed the complete demonstration of tail boom folding and main rotor folding of the Naval Utility Helicopter (NUH) which is on display at HAL pavilion as a... Read more

Rosoboronexport Holds Meaningful Talks with India at Aero India 2019

Rosoboronexport Holds Meaningful Talks with India at Aero India 2019

27-Feb-2019Source: Rostec Corporation

Within the Aero India 2019 international aerospace exhibition, which was held in the territory of the Yelahanka airbase in the city of Bangalore on February 20-24, the delegation of JSC Rosoboronexport (part of the Rostec Corporation) conducted a series of productive negotiations and consultations with the Indian partners on military and technical cooperation, which resulted in signing... Read more

HAL takes leading role in organising Aero India 2019

HAL takes leading role in organising Aero India 2019

21-Feb-2019Source: HAL

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has taken a lead role in organizing the entire Aero India -2019 to be held at Air Force Station, Yelahanka, Bengaluru from February 20 to 24, 2019.  Besides providing huge logistic support, HAL will showcase its prowess in defence and aerospace centered on the theme ‘Innovate, Integrate and Lead’. “HAL is... Read more

Russian Helicopters to take part in Aero India 2019

Russian Helicopters to take part in Aero India 2019

21-Feb-2019Source: Russian Helicopters

Russian Helicopters Holding Company (part of State Corporation Rostec) will take part in the 12th edition of Aero India – 2019 from February 20 to 24 in Bangalore, India. Russian Helicopters will showcase the shipborne version of Ka-226T helicopter as well as the vast range of civil-purpose helicopters. This year, the key exhibit at the... Read more

Rosoboronexport Ready to Expand Cooperation

Rosoboronexport Ready to Expand Cooperation

20-Feb-2019Source: Rostec State Corporation

Rosoboronexport, a subsidiary of the Rostec State Corporation, is showcasing the best products from the Russian defense industry at the Aero India 2019 International Aerospace Exhibition, which will be held from February 20 to 24 at the Yelahanka Air Base in Bangalore, India. “Russia is implementing major and ambitious high-tech manufacturing projects with India, which... Read more

India looking for 111 Naval Utility Helicopters

India looking for 111 Naval Utility Helicopters

15-Feb-2019Source: Indian MoD

In a first of its kind, Ministry of Defence has issued Expression of Interest (s) for shortlisting of potential Indian Strategic Partners and foreign OEMs for the ‘Procurement of 111 Naval Utility Helicopters (NUH) for the Indian Navy on 12 Feb 19. These helicopters will replace Chetak Helicopters and will be utilised for albeit SAR,... Read more

05-Feb-19 IA-2147 HAL Dhruv Thattaguppe, India

05-Feb-19 IA-2147 HAL Dhruv Thattaguppe, India

5-Feb-2019

Emergency landing in a potato fieldm  No injuries.  Minimal damage, from images... Read more

Uttah Pradesh Government launches four new tourist heli flights

Uttah Pradesh Government launches four new tourist heli flights

17-Dec-2018Source: HeliHub.com

The Uttah Pradesh government has recently cleared land acquisition applications for helipads, heliports and airstrips in Mathura, Agra, Varanasi and Allahabad. These cities will soon be accessible by helicopter flights. The government hopes that by connecting these cities by helicopter, they will increase the tourism. The entire project will come to Rs 24.7 reports Times... Read more

India approves Donaldson IBFs in AW139 and H130

India approves Donaldson IBFs in AW139 and H130

17-Dec-2018Source: Donaldson

Remaining on the leading edge of helicopter growth in India, Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI) announced the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) of India’s acceptance of its AW139 and EC130T2 Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) Supplemental Type Certificates. With the number of helicopters in India expected to increase... Read more

BLADE Launches Urban Air Mobility Pilot Program

BLADE Launches Urban Air Mobility Pilot Program

7-Dec-2018Source: Fly Blade

Fly Blade, Inc. (“BLADE”), a digitally powered-aviation company and the largest arranger of helicopter flights for civilian travel in the United States, has announced the launch of an Urban Air Mobility (“UAM”) pilot program in India, initially connecting Mumbai, departing from Juhu and Mahalaxmi, with heliports in Pune and Shirdi. BLADE has formed a Joint... Read more

Helicopter ambulance service soon in Tamil Nadu

Helicopter ambulance service soon in Tamil Nadu

17-Sep-2018Source: HeliHub.com

During the Tracheal Reconstruction, Heart and Lung Transplant Surgeries workshop, Health Secretary J. Radhakrishnan said that they are planning on introducing helicopter ambulance services to the Tamil Nadu area. Specifically, to transport hearts to transplant centres that lack nearby airports, reports The Hindu.... Read more

Rotortrade partners with Indocopters

Rotortrade partners with Indocopters

7-Sep-2018Source: Rotortrade

Rotortrade and Indocopters (Vectra Group) announce the signing of a Network Partnership Agreement to offer nose to tail pre-owned helicopter sales, retrofit and support solutions in India. Rotortrade a leading international helicopter dealer and distributor with 6 offices around the world and Indocopters the largest specialist helicopter MRO provider in India based in Greater Noida... Read more

First Apache and Chinook for India make first flights

First Apache and Chinook for India make first flights

1-Aug-2018Source: Boeing

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and India recently took a significant step toward modernizing the Indian Air Force’s helicopter fleet by completing the first flights of Apache and Chinook helicopters destined for delivery next year. “We look forward to delivering this phenomenal capability to India,” said David Koopersmith, vice president and general manager, Boeing Vertical Lift. “From... Read more

Indian state of Maharastra orders Sikorsky S76D

Indian state of Maharastra orders Sikorsky S76D

23-Jul-2018Source: Lockheed Martin

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), announced the sale of an S-76D™ aircraft to the Government of Maharashtra in India. The announcement came during the Farnborough International Airshow. This contract marks the first sale of an S-76D helicopter in India. Delivery is scheduled in 2019. “The S-76D helicopter introduction has been quite successful in... Read more

Russian Helicopters complete six Mi-17 overhauls

Russian Helicopters complete six Mi-17 overhauls

6-Jul-2018Source: Russian Helicopters

The Russian Helicopters holding company, a member of the Rostec State Corporation, delivered six Mi-17-1V vehicles to the border troops of the Republic of India. The vehicles were repaired by the Novosibirsk Aircraft Repair Plant (NARP). “NARP repairs Mi-8/17 type helicopters for a wide circle of foreign operators, but it was its first contract with... Read more

Mi-171A2 is Planned to be Certified in India

Mi-171A2 is Planned to be Certified in India

21-Jun-2018Source: State Corporation Rostec

Russian Helicopters has initiated work on recognition (validation) of the type certificate of the latest Mi-171A2 helicopter in India. At present, negotiations with the aviation authorities of the country (DGCA) on the certification procedure are underway. “Taking into account high potential of cooperation with India in the field of civil aviation, we consider further development... Read more

DSCA approved sale of 6 AH-64E Apaches to India

DSCA approved sale of 6 AH-64E Apaches to India

15-Jun-2018Source: DSCA

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to India of items in support of a proposed direct commercial sale of six (6) AH-64E Apache helicopters for an estimated cost of $930 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The... Read more

Bangalore administration encourages new helipads

Bangalore administration encourages new helipads

7-Jun-2018Source: HeliHub.com

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) are planning on building eight helipads around the city for more heli-taxi operations. This decision came after the success of the heli-taxi operation between Electronics City and Kempegowda International Airport. The new eight helipads will be maintained by private agencies, who will also build, operate and pay rent to... Read more

Indian delegation to visit Kamov Design Bureau

Indian delegation to visit Kamov Design Bureau

17-Apr-2018Source: Russian Helicopters

A delegation from the Indian MoD is to visit Kamov Design Bureau of Russian Helicopters Holding Company (part of Rostec) in order to participate in the demonstration flight of a light utility Ka-226T rotorcraft and to familiarize themselves with its ship-based version. In November 2017, the Government of India approved a tender for the procurement... Read more

Russia and India finalized Ka-226T configuration

Russia and India finalized Ka-226T configuration

17-Apr-2018Source: Russian Helicopters

The Indian side approved the technical configuration of the light utility Ka-226T helicopter developed by Russian Helicopters Holding Company to be assembled by Joint Venture Indo-Russian Helicopters Limited in India. The project on the delivery of 200 Ka-226T units and establishment of Ka-226T serial production in India is being implemented under the intergovernmental agreement signed... Read more

Russian Helicopters developed a training program for the Indian pilots of Ka-226T

Russian Helicopters developed a training program for the Indian pilots of Ka-226T

16-Apr-2018Source: Russian Helicopters

Russian Helicopters Holding Company (part of Rostec State Corporation) has developed a training program for the Indian pilots and technical specialists within the framework of Russian and Indian project for the supply and localization of Ka-226T helicopter production in India. In accordance with this program it is planned to put into operation five simulators for... Read more

Indian Government confirms scrapping of Pawan Hans sale, promising update soon

Indian Government confirms scrapping of Pawan Hans sale, promising update soon

9-Apr-2018Source: HeliHub.com

The Indian Government has decided to scrap the bidding process of Pawan Hans. Pawan Hans is a 51:49 joint venture between the government and ONGC. The government had planned to sell their part of the shares. Further details regarding their next steps are still to be announced, reports Web India.... Read more

Thumby Aviation launches new scheduled service from Bengaluru

Thumby Aviation launches new scheduled service from Bengaluru

7-Mar-2018Source: HeliHub.com

Thumby Aviation is the first helicopter service to provide heli-taxi services to in Bengaluru. They now offer a flight between Electronic City to the airport, cutting the usual 2-hour commute down to 15 minutes. Tickets cost around Rs. 4,130 per seat. The helicopter, a Bell 407, can seat up to 6 passengers, who are only... Read more

Shravanabelagola Offers Heli-Tourism for Mahamastakabhisheka

Shravanabelagola Offers Heli-Tourism for Mahamastakabhisheka

26-Feb-2018Source: HeliHub.com

The Mahamastakabhisheka Mahotsava Committee in Shravanabelagola has been started a heli-tourism company that will allow tourists and followers to aerially witness the anointment ceremony of Mahamastakabhisheka. The tours last 8 to 10 minutes and charge ₹2,100 per person. They have up until March to determine whether the permit should be extended.... Read more

Pawan Hans share sale falls apart

Pawan Hans share sale falls apart

19-Feb-2018Source: HeliHub.com

The Indian Government has had a large setback regarding the sale of their 51% stake in Pawan Hans. The sale has failed to attract enough attention, with not enough bidders coming to the table. Two bidders who remain in competition are Global Vectra Helicorp and Continental Helicopters, reports Business Standard.... Read more

HAL seeks partner for Dhruv program Image pick a good one after searching ‘dhruv’

HAL seeks partner for Dhruv program Image pick a good one after searching ‘dhruv’

19-Feb-2018Source: HAL

For the first time in Indian history, as a major boost to defence manufacturing and Government’s ‘Make-in-India’ initiative,  HAL has offered  the indigenous  ‘Advanced Light Helicopter-Dhruv’  (Civil version) for manufacturing to potential Indian private companies through Transfer of Technology. Accordingly, the Company has invited Expression of Interest (EOI) for identification of Indian Partner.  “Considering the... Read more

25 accidents in 30 years – Regulator criticises Pawan Hans bosses

25 accidents in 30 years – Regulator criticises Pawan Hans bosses

29-Jan-2018Source: HeliHub.com

Over the past 30 years, Pawan Hans has been involved in 25 accidents, where 91 people have died. This has caused the Directorate General of Civil Aviation to launch a probe into the company. Five of the 25 cases are still undergoing investigation, but reports show that common findings from all cases include non-fulfillment of... Read more

India signs for 48 more Mi-17V-5 helicopters

India signs for 48 more Mi-17V-5 helicopters

24-Jan-2018Source: HeliHub.com

The contract between India and Rostec for 48 Mi-17V-5 helicopters will soon be finalised. Rostec CEO, Sergey Chemezov, has commented that negotiations with regards to the delivery have been settled and they are expecting to sign the contract within the first three months of 2018, reports New India Express.... Read more

Good progress on heliport at Kempegowda Airport

Good progress on heliport at Kempegowda Airport

15-Jan-2018Source: HeliHub.com

The heliport at Kempegowda Internatial Airport has been completed in only a few months, pushing plans for the construction of the corresponding heliport at Electronics City forward. Construction should begin this week, reports New Indian Express, as the levelling of the location has already begun. Once the heliport is completed, the much awaited heli-taxi service... Read more

Gujarat State Government delays police helicopter purchase

Gujarat State Government delays police helicopter purchase

9-Nov-2017Source: HeliHub.com

The Gujarat Government has had to postpone the purchase of a police surveillance helicopter. The tender was issued but as only one company made a bid, the government had to cancel the bidding process. They hope to issue a new tender after the elections, reports Times of India.... Read more

Delhi Airport to explore potential for helicopter links

Delhi Airport to explore potential for helicopter links

8-Nov-2017Source: HeliHub.com

The Delhi International Airport Limited is looking into exploring the use of helicopters to transport people to cities rather than roads. The discussion was brought up at the 1st Heli Expo India 2017. They are hoping to be able to provide more connectivity for air commuters, reports The Hans India.... Read more

Rohini Heliport kept separate from Pawan Hans IPO

Rohini Heliport kept separate from Pawan Hans IPO

6-Nov-2017Source: HeliHub.com

Pawan Hans has recently set up Rohini Heliport, the first integrated heliport. It is still being kept separate from the Miniratna PSU’s disinvestment process. It’s operations will be run by AAI, reports EENADU India.... Read more

Milestone Aviation Group Supports Indian Heligo’s Growth

Milestone Aviation Group Supports Indian Heligo’s Growth

20-Oct-2017Source: Milestone Aviation

Milestone Aviation Group (“Milestone”) announced today the delivery of a Leonardo AW139 to Heligo Charters Private Limited (Heligo) in India. The delivery marks the fifth helicopter leased to Heligo in 2017, increasing the Mumbai-based operator’s fleet and enabling expansion of both on- and offshore services. Milestone, the global leader in helicopter leasing, began its lease... Read more

Indian Government starts sale of majority of Pawan Hans

Indian Government starts sale of majority of Pawan Hans

16-Oct-2017Source: HeliHub.com

The Indian Government announced on Friday that they have started the process of selling off their stake in operator Pawan Hans.  The 51% stake will mean that the Government no longer controls the company, although the remaining 49% will stay with ONGC, the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation.  ONGC was originally fully government owned, although... Read more

Possibility for Ela Goa Helipad Reopening

Possibility for Ela Goa Helipad Reopening

3-Oct-2017Source: HeliHub.com

Goa Tourism Development Corporation is looking to reopen the Ela Goa helipad. The helipad is currently not in use, GTDC hopes to start up helicopter rides again in the area. As reported by Times of India, the helipad will be redeveloped if the proposal to reopen goes through.... Read more

Helimission Approved to provide Services in Himachal Pradesh

Helimission Approved to provide Services in Himachal Pradesh

20-Sep-2017Source: HeliHub.com

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has given the Swiss foundation Helimission permission to provide air ambulance services in Himachal Pradesh. The Himachal Pradesh government and Helimission are currently working on a Memorandum of Understanding, reports The Times of India. They will provide search and rescue missions as well as relief in the event... Read more

India approves Able Aerospace MRO solutions

India approves Able Aerospace MRO solutions

19-Sep-2017Source: Able Aerospace

Able Aerospace Services, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, has earned certification by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) of India to provide a wide spectrum of repair, overhaul and approved replacement parts support for rotor- and fixed-wing aircraft registered in India. For Able, this includes high-quality, cost-saving... Read more

New Helicopters for Maharashtra Government

New Helicopters for Maharashtra Government

10-Sep-2017Source: HeliHub.com

The Maharashtra Government has made the decision to purchase two new helicopters. One will be used for anti-Naxal campaigns in Gadchiroli and Chandrapur for the police and also for air ambulance services, reports Press Trust of India. The government has also decided to use one of their Eurocopter AS365N3 helicopters for educational purposes.... Read more

Indian Army to buy six AH-64E Apaches

Indian Army to buy six AH-64E Apaches

22-Aug-2017Source: HeliHub.com

The Indian Army is planning to purchase 6 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters. The $655 million contract includes spares, equipment, training, ammunition and weapons, reports HiTech Facts. The purchase is the start of the expansion of the Indian Army’s aviation capacity.  ... Read more

SOP Draft for Maharashtra Helipads

SOP Draft for Maharashtra Helipads

31-Jul-2017Source: HeliHub.com

The Maharashtra Government has instructed the department that handles VIP Security to draw up a draft SOP and helipad locations for landing permissions. This was after the discussions at the legislative council. Concern was raised over the seemingly “back to back” helicopter incidents involving the Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. He thanked the council for their... Read more

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