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Brazilian military passes 10,000 flight hours with H225M

Brazilian military passes 10,000 flight hours with H225M

1-Oct-2015Source: Airbus Helicopters

The 16 H225M helicopters, operated by the Brazilian Navy, Army and Air Force, exceeded the 10,000 flight hour milestone last month. H225M: Multi-Mission Capable The latest member of Airbus Helicopters’ military Super Puma family, this 11-metric-tonne helicopter is used in logistic support missions, disaster support, medical evacuation, search and rescue, combat search and rescue, presidential... Read more

Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance celebrates 16,000th mission

Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance celebrates 16,000th mission

24-Sep-2015Source: The Courier

The Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) is celebrating after completing its 16,000th mission during the first ever Air Ambulance Week. See Full Story... Read more

Cobra first flew 50 years ago – Bell celebrates

Cobra first flew 50 years ago – Bell celebrates

14-Sep-2015Source: Bell Helicopter

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, this week celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first flight of the Bell AH-1 Cobra. The trailblazing AH-1 is the original attack helicopter whose revolutionary design and configuration defined attack helicopters to follow in the decades after the historic flight at Amon Carter Field on September 7,... Read more

USPS issues helicopter stamp to commemorate 225 years of US Coast Guard

USPS issues helicopter stamp to commemorate 225 years of US Coast Guard

6-Aug-2015Source: USPS

The U.S. Postal Service commemorated the U.S. Coast Guard on its 225th anniversary today by dedicating a Forever Stamp to honor its role in protecting the security of the nation and advancing vital maritime interests. The stamp shows two icons of the Coast Guard: the cutter Eagle, a three-masted sailing ship known as “America’s Tall... Read more

Devon Air Ambulance pilot retires after 23 years and over 7,000 missions

Devon Air Ambulance pilot retires after 23 years and over 7,000 missions

24-Jul-2015Source: Devon Air Ambulance Trust

This week saw the end of an era for Devon’s Air Ambulances, with the final operational flight flown by Captain Rob Mackie, before he retires. One constant at Devon Air Ambulance (DAA) over its 23 years of operation is Rob, who has flown with the service since April 1993. He is thought to be the... Read more

Aero Asahi and Chiba Hokusoh Hospital mark 10,000th MD Explorer EMS mission

Aero Asahi and Chiba Hokusoh Hospital mark 10,000th MD Explorer EMS mission

15-Jul-2015Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) and authorized MDHI Sales Agent AeroPartners, Inc. join in congratulating Aero-Asahi corporation (AAC), the largest helicopter operator in Japan, and Chiba Hokusoh Hospitalfor the achievement of 10,000 EMS missions flown exclusively by the MD 902. Aero-Asahi is an authorized MDHI Service Center and operates nine (9) MD 900/902 Explorers, with six (6)... Read more

AgustaWestland Celebrates 100 Years of Aircraft Manufacturing in the UK

AgustaWestland Celebrates 100 Years of Aircraft Manufacturing in the UK

13-Jul-2015Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland is today celebrating the centenary of the formation of the Westland Aircraft Works in Yeovil and the many aeronautical achievements that have been made during 100 years of continuous aircraft manufacturing on the site. Established in 1915 Westland has produced many famous fixed wing aircraft designs such as the Whirlwind, Welkin, Wapiti, Lysander before... Read more

Airbus heads for 1,000th Dauphin 2 delivery

Airbus heads for 1,000th Dauphin 2 delivery

30-Jun-2015Source: HeliHub.com

Airbus Helicopters is on the point of delivering the 1,000th Dauphin 2 – by which we are including the 365N models including the EC155 (technically the AS365N4).  Starting at serial 6001, the authorities in Japan have issued the registration JA08AR to an AS365N3+ with serial 7001.  That marks the passing of the 1,000th delivery and... Read more

Turbomeca marks 100 million flight hours

Turbomeca marks 100 million flight hours

15-Jun-2015Source: Turbomeca

During the Paris Air Show, Turbomeca (Safran) is celebrating a major achievement: 100 million hours flown by its engine range. A Turbomeca-powered helicopter takes off every nine seconds, somewhere in the world. The first flight of a Turbomeca turboshaft took place in 1949. Since then, Turbomeca has produced over 72,000 more and is now the... Read more

Heli-One completes milestone 200th Arriel overhaul

Heli-One completes milestone 200th Arriel overhaul

11-Jun-2015Source: Heli-One

Heli-One, the world’s largest independent provider of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, has delivered its 200th Turbomeca Arriel engine overhaul from its Fort Collins facility – distinguishing Heli-One as an MRO leader on that series of engines. (http://www.heli-one.ca). The 200 overhaul milestone was reached when completing a 3,600 hour inspection and overhaul of... Read more

Milestone Confirms Orders for Three More AW139s

Milestone Confirms Orders for Three More AW139s

10-Jun-2015Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland announced today that Milestone Aviation Group has signed a firm order for three additional AW139s that will be made available for lease to Milestone’s customers and operators globally. This contract is part of a multi-year commitment signed in September 2013 by Milestone Aviation to purchase up to 45 AgustaWestland helicopters and brings the total... Read more

Guimbal ships the 100th Cabri

Guimbal ships the 100th Cabri

27-May-2015Source: HeliHub.com

Helicoptères Guimbal, the French manufacturer, has recently shipped their 100th G2 Cabri helicopter.  The handover ceremony at the factory at Aix-les-Milles saw a blue Cabri added to the fleet of German operator Heli Transair, their third.  Bruno Guimbal handed the keys over to Heli Transair’s Dick Herr.  The company had brought two of their other... Read more

Celebrating 50 years since the first flight of the Ka-25

Celebrating 50 years since the first flight of the Ka-25

11-May-2015Source: Rostec

The first serial Ka-25PL helicopter took to the skies on April 25, 1965, at the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant. Notably, the country’s first combat helicopter had complex avionics systems that enabled flights around the clock and in difficult weather conditions. In 1956, designers at Kamov Design Bureau began working on the creation of a new generation... Read more

Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance flies 500th mission

Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance flies 500th mission

12-Mar-2015Source: HeliHub.com

Just 22 months from their first flight in May 2013, Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance has recorded its 500th mission, according to a telephone interview HeliHub.com held with PR Manager Maureen Young.  Their Bo105 helicopter was scrambled to Cray, near Glenshee, on Saturday 7th March to an elderly male with chronic chest pain.  He was flown... Read more

Metro Aviation Completes 75th Airbus EC145

Metro Aviation Completes 75th Airbus EC145

4-Mar-2015Source: Metro Aviation

Metro Aviation operates the largest, most comprehensive air medical completion center in the world and has completed more EC135s and EC145s than any other completion center.  Metro is in the process of completing its 75th EC145, which is also North America’s first EC145 T2, a considerable milestone for the company that recently celebrated its 200th... Read more

PHI’s AW139 Fleet Passes 25,000 Flight Hours Milestone

PHI’s AW139 Fleet Passes 25,000 Flight Hours Milestone

4-Mar-2015Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland announced today that PHI’s AW139 fleet has passed a key milestone of 25,000 flight hours. The important result was achieved by a fleet of ten helicopters performing offshore transportation missions in the Gulf of Mexico since 2011, with the PHI AW139 fleet leader aircraft having accrued more than 3,500 flight hours in less than... Read more

CHC’s AW139 Fleet Leader Passes 10,000 Flight Hours Milestone

CHC’s AW139 Fleet Leader Passes 10,000 Flight Hours Milestone

3-Mar-2015Source: AgustaWestland

HeliHub.com copies the press release below from AgustaWestland as a courtesy.  Avid readers will know that we ran this story a week ago AgustaWestland announced today that CHC Helicopter’s AW139 fleet leader has set a major operational milestone by reaching 10,000 flight hours. This significant milestone was achieved by the aircraft in less than nine... Read more

Snake bite airlift becomes CareFlight’s 1,000th mission

Snake bite airlift becomes CareFlight’s 1,000th mission

1-Mar-2015Source: RACQ CareFlight

RACQ CareFlight Rescue has airlifted a patient after he was bitten by what is believed to be a deadly Tiger Snake. The man in his 60s was struck on the left foot once while moving boxes in a shed at a property in Queensland’s South West. “The patient was initially treated on scene by QAS... Read more

First AW139 reaches milestone 10,000 airframe hours

First AW139 reaches milestone 10,000 airframe hours

26-Feb-2015Source: HeliHub.com

AgustaWestland has marked the milestone event of the first AW139 to reach 10,000 airframe hours.  Serial 31041 was first registered to CHC in June 2006 and has remained on the same PH-SHL registration ever since.  This equates to just over 1,100 hours a year on average John Burcote – HeliHub.com... Read more

Kentucky – Air Methods celebrates 15 years of service at Glasgow base

Kentucky – Air Methods celebrates 15 years of service at Glasgow base

5-Nov-2014Source: Glasgow Daily Times

Air Methods hosted an open house Wednesday at Glasgow Municipal Airport to celebrate 15 years of air ambulance service in Barren and surrounding counties. See Full Story... Read more

Waypoint Leasing acquires 31 CHC aircraft to surpass $1 Billion of assets

Waypoint Leasing acquires 31 CHC aircraft to surpass $1 Billion of assets

4-Nov-2014Source: Waypoint Leasing

Waypoint Leasing (“Waypoint”), a leading global helicopter leasing company, today announced that it has reached an agreement with First Reserve, the largest global private equity and infrastructure investment firm exclusively focused on energy, to acquire a portfolio of 31 in-demand, new technology aircraft. The portfolio includes 18 AgustaWestland AW139s, 11 Sikorsky S-92s and two Sikorsky... Read more

Berlin air ambulance base celebrates 20 years

Berlin air ambulance base celebrates 20 years

3-Nov-2014Source: DRF

[electronic translation] Whether a heart attack or stroke patient, a verunfalltes child or a serious car accident in the night – starts in 20 years “Christoph Berlin” HDM air rescue daily operations for the fastest possible medical care to patients and transport in specialized clinics. To mark this anniversary the HDM air rescue has invited to... Read more

Spanish Air Force celebrates 50,000 hours on S-76C fleet

Spanish Air Force celebrates 50,000 hours on S-76C fleet

29-Oct-2014Source: HeliHub.com

On October 14, at 10:30 am, the crew of Air Force instructor Juan Jose Villaescusa Adam and Army Sergeant student Juan Carlos Román Hernández reached the milestone 50,000 flight hours for the Spanish military Sikorsky S-76C fleet.  The flight was an instrument rating training flight operated by 781 Squadron. Upon landing, the crew was received... Read more

Boeing delivers 300th US Army CH-47F Chinook ahead of schedule

Boeing delivers 300th US Army CH-47F Chinook ahead of schedule

28-Oct-2014Source: Boeing

“This marks another benchmark for the CH-47F program,” said Lt. Col. Michael Hauenstein, the Army’s CH-47F product manager, Office of the Project Manager, Cargo Helicopters. “More importantly, we have met this benchmark ahead of schedule, within cost, and produced an aircraft that performs as required worldwide. We wouldn’t have been able to achieve this if... Read more

Head-on collision is 20,000th mission for Wales Air Ambulance

Head-on collision is 20,000th mission for Wales Air Ambulance

28-Oct-2014Source: Wales-air-Ambulance

Wales Air Ambulance has carried out its 20,000th mission since the service was launched in 2001, responding to a head-on collision near Treorchy. The landmark mission came on Tuesday 7th October, when the Swansea-based crew were called to the scene of a two-car road traffic collision on the A4107. WAA paramedic Jason Hughes, who on... Read more

Russian engine manufacturer Klimov celebrates 100 years

Russian engine manufacturer Klimov celebrates 100 years

22-Oct-2014Source: Rostec

Today marks 100 years since the founding of the Klimov Factory, the leading Russian developer of gas turbine engines. More than 90% of Russian helicopters, including those used by the President of Russia, utilize products from the Klimov Factory. Turbojets developed by Klimov are used on the MiG-20 and MiG-35 fighter jets. The factory a... Read more

STAT MedEvac Celebrates 30th Anniversary

STAT MedEvac Celebrates 30th Anniversary

7-Oct-2014Source: STAT MedEvac

STAT MedEvac started with just one helicopter, known as Angel One, with the idea of getting critically ill and injured patients to care more quickly. Today, as it celebrates 30 years, the largest medical transport service in western Pennsylvania has grown to a fleet of 17 helicopters staffed by more than 160 nurses, paramedics and... Read more

Sikorsky S-92 marks 10 years of service

Sikorsky S-92 marks 10 years of service

29-Sep-2014Source: Sikorsky

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today announced that September marks the 10-year anniversary of delivery of the first production S-92® helicopter. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). “On behalf of Sikorsky, I would like to congratulate and thank all of our customers, suppliers and employees upon reaching this milestone,” said Carey Bond,... Read more

Bell prepares for 200th Bell 429 Delivery

Bell prepares for 200th Bell 429 Delivery

13-Aug-2014Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), will soon deliver its 200th Bell 429 to Miramar Empreendimentos Imobiliários, a hi-rise residential construction and real estate company serving the coastal area of Sao Paulo for more than 30 years. The aircraft will be used for corporate transportation and charter around Miramar’s projects and key areas... Read more

Great North Air Ambulance celebrates 10 years in Cumbria

Great North Air Ambulance celebrates 10 years in Cumbria

8-Aug-2014Source: GNAA

Today the Pride of Cumbria air ambulance celebrated a decade in action! Ten years on from flying into the county for the first time, the aircraft landed at Armathwaite Hall, near Keswick, where it was greeted by a crowd of staff, former patients, and volunteers. The aircraft, based at Langwathby, near Penrith, began work in... Read more

Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant produces milestone 850th Mi-171-series helicopter

Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant produces milestone 850th Mi-171-series helicopter

7-Aug-2014Source: Russian Helicopters

Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, is pleased to announce that Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant (UUAP) has produced its 850th Mi-171-series helicopter. The landmark aircraft was a Mi-171A1 built for Brazilian commercial operator Atlas Taxi Aereo. The Mi-171A1 is one of the latest commercial models of the world-famous Mi-8/17 series. UUAP... Read more

AW139 fleet passes 1,000,000 flight hours milestone

AW139 fleet passes 1,000,000 flight hours milestone

14-Jul-2014Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland is pleased to announce the AW139 global fleet has now flown more than 1 million flight hours, achieving this impressive milestone in just ten years of operations. This milestone has been achieved with aircraft flying in the some of the most demanding environmental conditions around the world whilst performing a wide range of missions... Read more

Rotorsim surpasses 100,000 hours of simulator training

Rotorsim surpasses 100,000 hours of simulator training

26-Jun-2014Source: CAE

Rotorsim, the joint venture owned equally by CAE (NYSE:CAE)(TSX:CAE) and Finmeccanica – AgustaWestland, today announced that it has recently surpassed 100,000 hours of simulator training. Rotorsim was established in 2003 and officially welcomed its first class of students in June 2006. The joint venture of Finmeccanica – AgustaWestland and CAE was initially established to provide... Read more

NHI Delivers the 200th NH90

NHI Delivers the 200th NH90

25-Jun-2014Source: NH Industries

NHI celebrated today the 200th NH90 helicopter delivery. The 200th NH90, a TTH (Tactical Transport Helicopter) variant, was delivered officially to Belgian Defence and will be operated from Beauvechain Air Force Base by the 1st Wing. The handover ceremony took place during the annual NH90 Product Conference being held this year at the German Army... Read more

Honeywell Aerospace Celebrates 100 Years of Aviation Innovation

Honeywell Aerospace Celebrates 100 Years of Aviation Innovation

18-Jun-2014Source: Honeywell

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) marked 100 years of innovation and leadership in the aerospace and oil and gas industries as Honeywell Chairman and CEO Dave Cote led other company executives in ringing the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange. The bell ringing recognized the centennials of Honeywell Aerospace, a pioneer in aviation, and Honeywell’s... Read more

Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance flies 10,000th mission

Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance flies 10,000th mission

17-Jun-2014Source: DSAA

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance announced this afternoon that it had carried out its 10,000th mission. The Charity’s EC135 helicopter, Pilot Max Hoskins, Paramedic Mark Williams and Consultant Doctor Ian Mews attended the incident which took place in the Shaftesbury area at 13.45 pm today. The patient, Carissa Ealson (24) was taking part in a... Read more

USS Gettysburg conducts 1,000th Safe Helicopter Landing of 2014

USS Gettysburg conducts 1,000th Safe Helicopter Landing of 2014

16-Jun-2014Source: US Navy

Late at night, while underway conducting a readiness evaluation and deck landing qualifications, the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) conducted its 1,000th safe helicopter landing of 2014. A helicopter from Helicopter Maritime Strike (HSM) Squadron 72 marked the occasion, as it landed on the cruiser, underway supporting helicopter squadrons to qualify their pilots.... Read more

Sloane Helicopters marks 25 years at Sywell and 45 in business

Sloane Helicopters marks 25 years at Sywell and 45 in business

10-Jun-2014Source: HeliHub.com

British operator Sloane Helicopters recently marked an impressive 45 years in business, and 25 years at their Sywell headquarters.  As many countries marked the 70th anniversary on Friday of the D-Day landings on 6th June 1944, Sloane also remembered the launch event of their current facility at Sywell on 6th June 1989 and the company starting... Read more

Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance completes 6,000 missions

Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance completes 6,000 missions

10-Jun-2014Source: TAAS

Since 2008, Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) has been on hand to provide potentially lifesaving care to those who need it most. Thousands of people across the three counties have benefitted from the Charity’s lifesaving service and on Wednesday 4th June, during National Volunteering Week, the Charity reached a significant milestone. The service... Read more

HeliRussia – Aviamarket orders another ten R66s

HeliRussia – Aviamarket orders another ten R66s

26-May-2014Source: HeliHub.com

Russian Robinson dealer Aviamarket has consolidated its position as the largest dealer in Robinson helicopters outside the US with the contract signature for another ten R66 Turbines at the HeliRussia exhibition. With CEO Kurt Robinson arriving in Russia some days ahead of the exhibition – greeted with the sampling of some local delicacies – there... Read more

Kazan Helicopters produces 7,500th Mi-8/17 series helicopter

Kazan Helicopters produces 7,500th Mi-8/17 series helicopter

26-May-2014Source: Kazan Helicopters

Kazan Helicopters, a Russian Helicopters company (a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec), has produced the 7,500th Mi-8/17 series helicopter. The military transport Mi-8MTV-5 helicopter will be handed over under contract to the Russian Air Force. Mi-8/17 series helicopters are the Russian helicopter industry’s bestsellers thanks to their wide-ranging applications and high flight... Read more

Bo105 helicopter fleet passes 8,000,000 flight hours

Bo105 helicopter fleet passes 8,000,000 flight hours

22-May-2014Source: Airbus Helicopters

BO105 have been a fixture of helicopter fleets around the globe for over 40 years. They reliably carry out their missions and prove their worth day after day under tough conditions. Collectively, they have now completed a total of 8 million flight hours. “We are proud that the BO105 has reached this unique milestone,” says... Read more

North West Air Ambulance flies 18,000th mission

North West Air Ambulance flies 18,000th mission

21-May-2014Source: Bolton News

Since 1999 over 18,000 emergency missions have been flown – see full story... Read more

NARA Celebrates 25 Years

NARA Celebrates 25 Years

19-May-2014Source: NARA

The National Aircraft Resale Association (NARA) annual Spring Meeting was held last week in Dana Point, California, where the groupcelebrated 25 years since it was formed andintroduced a continuing education program to meet the new guidelines forNARA Certified Broker/Dealer status. A new record was also set at the annual meeting with 175 NARA Brokers/Dealers and... Read more

Airbus delivers 300th UH-72A Lakota on-time and on-budget

Airbus delivers 300th UH-72A Lakota on-time and on-budget

15-May-2014Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Group today delivered to the Army the service’s 300th UH-72A Lakota helicopter. Every Lakota has been delivered – on time and on budget – by an American workforce that is more than 50 percent U.S. military veterans. The Lakota is manufactured at the company’s Airbus Helicopters, Inc. facility in Columbus, Miss., where Col. Thomas... Read more

HMH-462 squadron celebrates 70 years of service

HMH-462 squadron celebrates 70 years of service

29-Apr-2014Source: USMC

Marines, Sailors, families and former members of Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 462 celebrated the squadron’s 70th anniversary aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., April 26. Throughout the past seven decades, HMH-462 made its mark in history as a Marine Corps work horse, attributing their success to the countless missions the squadron flew for... Read more

UK – Helicopter Museum Passes 100

UK – Helicopter Museum Passes 100

21-Apr-2014Source: Helicopter Museum

The Helicopter Museum at Weston-Super-Mare now has more than 100 aircraft in it’s diverse collection gathered from around the world, including a number of unique one-off helicopters and autogyros. The Museum, which celebrates it’s 25th anniversary of opening to the public this year, is planning further expansion to better display the collection. At the end... Read more

Bell Helicopter Training Academy Celebrates 130,000 Student Milestone

Bell Helicopter Training Academy Celebrates 130,000 Student Milestone

16-Apr-2014Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc (NYSE: TXT) company, announced it has trained 130,000 students through its Bell Helicopter Training Academy (BTA). The milestone student, Mr. Fredrick “Chon” Taylor, who works for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), is an experienced pilot with more than 3,500 hours in Bell helicopters. Like many of Bell Helicopter’s customers,... Read more

CHC AW139 fleet passes 100,000 Flight Hours

CHC AW139 fleet passes 100,000 Flight Hours

14-Apr-2014Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that CHC Helicopter’s AW139 helicopter fleet has set a major operational milestone by reaching 100,000 flight hours, with the fleet leader achieving over 9,000 flight hours in less than eight years. A leading AW139 customer, CHC operates more than 40 AW139s globally performing a wide range of... Read more

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance flies 5,000th mission

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance flies 5,000th mission

8-Apr-2014Source: HIOWAA

This week, we undertook our 5,000th mission since we began operations on 1st July 2007. To mark the milestone, members our crew gathered together with our Charity Patron Mrs Ailsa Montagu, Chairman Tony Nicholson and Chief Executive John Perry for a photo shoot on the Helipad at Southampton General Hospital. The significant achievement coincides with... Read more

JSSI starts 25th anniversary celebration with gratitude

JSSI starts 25th anniversary celebration with gratitude

6-Apr-2014Source: JSSI

Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI), the leading provider of hourly cost maintenance programs for the business aviation industry, is proud to announce 25 successful years in business and plans for a yearlong celebration, expressing deep gratitude to JSSI customers, colleagues and friends. “We are so appreciative to the thousands of customers we have had the... Read more

Gulf Helicopters’ AW139 Fleet Achieves 50,000 Hour Milestone

Gulf Helicopters’ AW139 Fleet Achieves 50,000 Hour Milestone

27-Mar-2014Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopter fleet operated by Gulf Helicopters of Qatar has achieved the milestone of 50,000 flight hours. Gulf Helicopter is one of the largest AW139 operators worldwide and a prime player in the Middle East with 17 helicopters of this type already... Read more

Robinson delivers 500th R66 to Russia

Robinson delivers 500th R66 to Russia

24-Mar-2014Source: Robinson

R66 Turbine S/N 500 rolled off Robinson’s production line on March 14, 2014, three and half years since the 5-place helicopter was initially certificated in October 2010. The helicopter was delivered to Aviamarket, one of three R66 dealers in Russia, and will be on display at this year’s Heli-Russia Exhibition in Moscow, May 22-24. Aviamarket... Read more

Indian Armed Forces receive landmark 3,500th Mi-17

Indian Armed Forces receive landmark 3,500th Mi-17

13-Mar-2014Source: Russian Helicopters

Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, has built the 3,500th export version of the Mi-17 at Kazan Helicopters. The helicopter will be delivered to the Indian Armed Forces as part of a contract signed by Rosoboronexport in 2012.   A contract for 80 military transport Mi-17V-5 helicopters was signed by Rosoboronexport in 2008,... Read more

Wales Air Ambulance flies 19,000th mission

Wales Air Ambulance flies 19,000th mission

5-Mar-2014Source: Wales Air Ambulance

Wales Air Ambulance has carried out its 19,000th mission since the service was launched in 2001. The landmark mission comes as the charity celebrates its 13th birthday this month. The specialist aircrew went to their very first mission on St David’s Day 2001, airlifting a young rugby player from Glyn Neath. Swansea-based crew were called to an... Read more

PW200 Engine Family Celebrates a Quarter Century of Success

PW200 Engine Family Celebrates a Quarter Century of Success

3-Mar-2014Source: P&WC

October 1988 marked a new path in the helicopter industry for Pratt & Whitney Canada: the first flight of a PW200 series engine. A twin-engine Bo105LS, powered by the PW205B, from Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm of Germany (MBB), lifted off from Ontario’s Niagara Peninsula. Standing nearby, Canadian and German engineers and technicians applauded as the blue-and-white helicopter climbed... Read more

ASU Completes 800th FAA Approved NVIS Modification

ASU Completes 800th FAA Approved NVIS Modification

26-Feb-2014Source: ASU

Aviation Specialties Unlimited, (ASU) announced today that it completed its 800th FAA approved night vision cockpit modification prior to HELI EXPO. The modification was completed on an AW139 for Construction Helicopters, Inc., (CHI Aviation). “Reaching 800 modifications is a significant milestone,” said ASU President James Winkel. “ASU from day one has committed to enhancing aircraft... Read more

Arriel engines reach 500,000 flight hours with Blue Hawaiian Helicopters

Arriel engines reach 500,000 flight hours with Blue Hawaiian Helicopters

25-Feb-2014Source: Turbomeca

Turbomeca (Safran) announced the achievement of a major milestone for both Blue Hawaiian Helicopters and Turbomeca. Blue Hawaiian Helicopters is expected to exceed 500,000 flight hours on the Turbomeca Arriel engine prior to the end of the year. Blue Hawaiian currently flies Arriel 1D1 and 2B1 engines, and has most recently added the Arriel 2D... Read more

Wysong Enterprises celebrates 25th Anniversary at Heli-Expo

Wysong Enterprises celebrates 25th Anniversary at Heli-Expo

24-Feb-2014Source: Wysong Enterprises

Wysong Enterprises, Inc., (Wysong) announced today the company is celebrating its 25th year in business this month. In addition to celebrating  25 successful years of business, Wysong will be   giving away a Garmin D2 Pilot watch every day at Booth 1523. “Over the past 25 years we have customized over 500 aircraft,” said Vice... Read more

Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter flies 7500th mission

Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter flies 7500th mission

18-Feb-2014Source: Coffs Coast Advocate

On Sunday afternoon, the helicopter made its milestone rescue when it was sent to an accident west of Coffs Harbour.  See full story... Read more

HeliHub.com files 19,000th news story

HeliHub.com files 19,000th news story

17-Feb-2014Source: HeliHub.com

On Fridayday, the HeliHub.com team filed the 19,000th news story on the site, a truly remarkable achievement in just under five years – an average of nearly 15 stories per working day.  No other website files this volume of news – and indeed no other website comes anywhere near us on breadth of news too... Read more

Garmin recognizes a GPS milestone in aviation

Garmin recognizes a GPS milestone in aviation

14-Feb-2014Source: Garmin

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, today commemorates the twentieth anniversary of the Garmin GPS 155 receiving FAA Technical Standard Order (TSO) authorization, the industry’s first FAA TSO-C129 approach approved IFR GPS receiver. The GPS 155 TSO received FAA TSO approval on February 16, 1994,... Read more

First Brazilian EC725 completes 1,000 flying hours

First Brazilian EC725 completes 1,000 flying hours

30-Jan-2014Source: Airbus Helicopters

The Brazilian Air Force has reason to celebrate. Last week its team of EC725 pilots logged their 1,000th flight hour with one aircraft (H-36 FAB 8510) while performing EMS, firefighting and Search and Rescue missions in the region. This mighty helicopter, operated by the Aviation Group Falçao, enables the team to protect and save lives... Read more

Londons Air Ambulance celebrates 25 years of saving lives

Londons Air Ambulance celebrates 25 years of saving lives

10-Jan-2014Source: Londons Air Ambulance

London’s Air Ambulance, the charity that delivers an advanced trauma team to critically injured people in London, celebrates 25 years of service on 9th January 2014. Having treated over 30,000 critically injured patients in London and attended most major incidents, since inception, the charity relies heavily on the generosity of the people of London to... Read more

UK – The Air Ambulance Service completes 20,000 missions

UK – The Air Ambulance Service completes 20,000 missions

8-Jan-2014Source: TAAS

It was another very busy year for The Air Ambulance Service in 2013, with the Charity carrying out its 20,000th mission. According to the latest figures, the Charity’s Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) passed this incredible landmark in December. Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) has now completed over 14,500 rescue missions since it was founded... Read more

Royal Naval frigate HMS Monmouth conducts first in-service Wildcat landings

Royal Naval frigate HMS Monmouth conducts first in-service Wildcat landings

9-Dec-2013Source: Royal Navy

The squadron, the RN’s first to be equipped with the Wildcat, put its new aircraft through its paces on one of the ships the Wildcat will operate from on deployments when entering operational service in 2015. Wildcat is the Navy’s replacement for the Lynx that has been serving the Fleet for over 40 years. Although... Read more

Colorado Heli-Ops marks three milestones in one day

Colorado Heli-Ops marks three milestones in one day

9-Dec-2013Source: Colorado Heli-Ops

Colorado Heli-Ops, the state’s largest helicopter flight school, recently celebrated three significant milestones on the same day. On November 19, the school flew its 1,000th helicopter tour – which also happened to be the first tour flight in its new Robinson R66. At the same time, the school celebrated the one-year anniversary of the move... Read more

Brazil becomes first export market with over 100 Robinson R66s

Brazil becomes first export market with over 100 Robinson R66s

4-Dec-2013Source: HeliHub.com

Robinson Helicopter Co is racing ahead with R66 production, and has already delivered around 450 of the RR300 turbine-powered five seat helicopter. Given that production figure, it seems a little surprising to us that one export market has taken over 100 of this model of helicopter, but our data shows that Brazil has now registered... Read more

Bristow celebrates 30 years of SAR from Sumburgh

Bristow celebrates 30 years of SAR from Sumburgh

1-Dec-2013Source: Bristow Helicopters

On Saturday, November 30, Bristow celebrates its contribution to achieving a significant milestone — 30 years of delivering search and rescue (SAR) services from Sumburgh on behalf of the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA). Bristow crew members past and present, the MCA, Sikorsky and representatives of local search and rescue operational partner organizations will gather... Read more

Irish Air Corps celebrate the 50th anniversary of helicopter aviation

Irish Air Corps celebrate the 50th anniversary of helicopter aviation

26-Nov-2013Source: Irish Air Corps

On the 26th November 2013 the Air Corps celebrate the 50th anniversary of helicopter aviation in the Irish Air Corps. The pioneering pilots of the Air Corps introduced rotary aviation to Ireland when they flew two Alouette III helicopters from France to Ireland, landing in Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel, on the 26th November 1963. The arrival... Read more

Bell recognizes San Antonio AirLIFE for 50,000th patient

Bell recognizes San Antonio AirLIFE for 50,000th patient

26-Nov-2013Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), congratulates San Antonio AirLIFE for transporting its 50,000th patient, a milestone reached this quarter. Bell Helicopter is celebrating AirLIFE’s accomplishment at the 2013 Texas EMS Conference, in Fort Worth, Texas, Nov. 24 -27. Anthony Moreland, managing director of North American sales for Bell Helicopter presented San Antonio... Read more

East Asia Airlines celebrates 25th Anniversary

East Asia Airlines celebrates 25th Anniversary

17-Nov-2013Source: East Asia Airlines

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of East Asia Airlines Limited (“EAA”), a cocktail reception was held in the Grand Ballroom of Grand Lisboa Hotel, Macau, attracting more than 100 distinguished guests, including officials from the Macau Special Administrative Region Government, local and overseas representatives from the aviation industry, business partners and prominent community leaders. Ms.... Read more

Herts Air Ambulance Celebrates Five Years

Herts Air Ambulance Celebrates Five Years

13-Nov-2013Source: Herts Air Ambulance

Herts Air Ambulance celebrates 5 years of being in operation and saving lives across Hertfordshire. To mark this very special milestone the Charity hosted a celebration evening for its supporters at the prestigious Haileybury College in Hertford with special guest Ray Winstone our new celebrity patron! Guests enjoyed a drinks reception and dinner followed by... Read more

London’s Air Ambulance marks 30,000 trauma patient milestone

London’s Air Ambulance marks 30,000 trauma patient milestone

24-Oct-2013Source: London’s Air Ambulance

London’s Air Ambulance has reached a significant milestone in treating 30,000 trauma patients since it began in 1989.  Thanks to the generous support of the London community, our charity has been able to save the lives of many people with time-critical medical interventions delivered at the scene of the incident.       Trauma is... Read more

TriState CareFlight Reaches Fleet Milestone of 60,000 Hours

TriState CareFlight Reaches Fleet Milestone of 60,000 Hours

24-Oct-2013Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that TriState CareFlight, an air medical transport service operating in the Southwestern United States, has reached a fleet milestone of 60,000 hours. TriState Care Flight operates a total of 40 aircraft, including 22 AW119’s and 10 AW109 Power’s. The EMS configured interiors allow for the finest patient... Read more

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