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Allegheny Health Network LifeFlight marks 35th year

Allegheny Health Network LifeFlight marks 35th year

22-Oct-2013Source: Allegheny Health Network

Allegheny Health Network’s LifeFlight air medical transport program, the first service of its kind in the northeastern United States, is marking 35 years of helping critically injured people get life-saving treatment as quickly as possible. LifeFlight provides regional emergency helicopter and critical care ground transportation services for critically ill and injured patients who need immediate... Read more

Utah Valley Regional Medical Center celebrates 13 years of Lifeflight

Utah Valley Regional Medical Center celebrates 13 years of Lifeflight

17-Oct-2013Source: Herald Extra

More than 5,000 flights have originated from Utah Valley Regional Medical Center since its Life Flight operation began full time at the hospital 13 years ago.  See full story... Read more

EagleMed Joplin Marks 10 Years with Freeman Health System

EagleMed Joplin Marks 10 Years with Freeman Health System

16-Oct-2013Source: EagleMed

This month EagleMed LLC air medical transport is observing its 10th anniversary of service from Joplin, Mo. EagleMed bases a twin-engine medically equipped Eurocopter AS355N in Joplin to support Freeman Health System serving Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas and Oklahoma. The helicopter is based at Freeman Hospital West, which has two helipads located outside Freeman Heart &... Read more

UK – Hertfordshire Air Ambulance celebrates 5 years

UK – Hertfordshire Air Ambulance celebrates 5 years

15-Oct-2013Source: Herts Air Ambulance

Herts Air Ambulance celebrates 5 years of being in operation and saving lives across the region. To mark this very special milestone the Charity is inviting its supporters to join them at an exclusive celebration evening on Friday 25th October with special celebrity guest Ray Winstone! Join the Herts Air Ambulance Team and popular British... Read more

Dhruv Clocks 100,000 Flying Hours

Dhruv Clocks 100,000 Flying Hours

10-Oct-2013Source: HAL

The first indigenous chopper of India, Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH –Dhruv) designed, developed, produced and maintained by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) to meet the requirement of military and civil operators, achieved a new milestone of flying one lakh hours today. The land mark has been achieved in the early hours today with the flying of... Read more

AgustaWestland delivers 600th AW139 with special paint scheme

AgustaWestland delivers 600th AW139 with special paint scheme

2-Oct-2013Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce the delivery of a second AW139 intermediate twin helicopter featuring a highly customized exterior painting scheme to a South African private customer. This aircraft is also the 600th AW139 delivered by AgustaWestland to the global market and it will be used to perform corporate and passenger transport... Read more

75th Anniversary of the First Rotating Wing Aircraft Meeting

75th Anniversary of the First Rotating Wing Aircraft Meeting

1-Oct-2013Source: AHS

The AHS Philadelphia Chapter, in partnership with the Franklin Institute, the American Helicopter Museum and Education Center (AHM&EC), and the Philadelphia chapters of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA), presents: The 75th Anniversary of the  First Rotating Wing Aircraft Meeting The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania... Read more

Westpac Rescue Helicopter marks 40 years

Westpac Rescue Helicopter marks 40 years

30-Sep-2013Source: Herald Sun

Two helicopters flew in formation over Sydney Harbour on Sunday to mark the occasion, four decades after a group of surf lifesavers founded the service in 1973 with a Bell 47.  See full story... Read more

PDG Helicopters marks 40 years and 200,000 Squirrel hours

PDG Helicopters marks 40 years and 200,000 Squirrel hours

26-Sep-2013Source: Eurocopter

The expanding Squirrel fleet in service with PDG Helicopters has reached a combined flight time of 200,000 hours, demonstrating the rotorcraft family’s reliability for the most demanding service and its flexibility across a full range of on-shore operations throughout Ireland and the United Kingdom. The milestone was celebrated today on Eurocopter’s exhibit stand at the... Read more

Gulf Helicopters’ AW139 fleet passes 40,000 hour milestone

Gulf Helicopters’ AW139 fleet passes 40,000 hour milestone

26-Sep-2013Source: 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 40,000 flight hours. Gulf Helicopters is one of the largest AW139 operators worldwide and a prime player in the Middle East with 15 helicopters of this type already... Read more

First helipad in Europe with LPV guidance – at Eurocopter’s Donauworth factory

First helipad in Europe with LPV guidance – at Eurocopter’s Donauworth factory

12-Sep-2013Source: Eurocopter

Improved safety in poor visibility conditions is an advantage that pilots at Eurocopter in Donauwörth are now able to enjoy. The onsite helicopter landing pad at Eurocopter’s headquarters in Germany is the first helipad in Europe to make use of Localizer Performance with Vertical (LPV) guidance, a highly precise, GPS-supported instrument approach procedure. The new... Read more

200th Sikorsky S92 delivered to Bristow Helicopters

200th Sikorsky S92 delivered to Bristow Helicopters

3-Sep-2013Source: HeliHub.com

Yesterday, Bristow Helicopters took delivery at Aberdeen of the 200th Sikorsky S92 after it had been ferried from Prestwick Airport following airfreight from the US. Test flown as N200BV and now registered in the UK as G-GALC, the aircraft will join the North Sea fleet in the coming days. It also carries large “200th S92”... Read more

Russia produces 750th Mi-8AMT / Mi-171

Russia produces 750th Mi-8AMT / Mi-171

22-Aug-2013Source: Russian Helicopters

Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant (UUAP), a Russian Helicopters company, has produced the 750th Mi-8AMT (the export designation – Mi-171). The landmark was achieved on the eve of the MAKS 2013 International Aviation & Space Salon, one of the largest aviation forums anywhere in the world. The Mi-8AMTSh will enter service with the Russian Defence Ministry. According to the Ministry, the ruggedness, reliability... Read more

Helibras honours 100 years of public security aviation in São Paulo

Helibras honours 100 years of public security aviation in São Paulo

20-Aug-2013Source: Helibras

Helibras honored on Monday (19) during the Interseg – Safety Fair which takes place in RioCentro (RJ), the hundred years of aviation public security in the state of São Paulo.   Begun in 1913 with the creation of the School of Aviation Force and then with some periods of interruption, the current Military Police also... Read more

Irish Coast Guard flies for first time with all-female crew

Irish Coast Guard flies for first time with all-female crew

20-Aug-2013Source: Irish Independent

The Shannon-based search and rescue Helicopter R115 flew its first missions with a female pilot and co-pilot, Capt Dara Fitzpatrick and Capt Carmel Kirby.  see full story... Read more

MQ-8B Fire Scout passes 5,000 flight hours in Afghanistan

MQ-8B Fire Scout passes 5,000 flight hours in Afghanistan

19-Aug-2013Source: Northrop Grumman

The Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC)-built MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter surpassed 5,000 flight hours while providing critical surveillance capabilities to field commanders in Afghanistan. Since deploying to Afghanistan in 2011, the MQ-8 Fire Scout system has provided real-time airborne surveillance and targeting supporting counter improvised explosive devices (IEDs), provided targeting support and delivered real-time video to... Read more

1,000,000 flight hours for the Apache Targeting And Pilotage Sensor

1,000,000 flight hours for the Apache Targeting And Pilotage Sensor

13-Aug-2013Source: Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] and the U.S. Army celebrated one million flight hours for the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) during ceremonies held today at Lockheed Martin’s Orlando, Fla., facility. Fielded in 2005, M-TADS/PNVS is known as the eyes of the Apache attack helicopter. It provides Apache pilots with long-range, precision engagement and pilotage... Read more

MD Helicopters commemorates 50 years of the OH-6

MD Helicopters commemorates 50 years of the OH-6

5-Aug-2013Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters Inc. (MDHI), a Lynn Tilton company and leading producer of commercial, air-rescue, military and law enforcement helicopters, paid tribute to the 50-year first flight milestone of the iconic OH-6 helicopter. The first Hughes OH-6 Cayuse light-observation helicopter (LOH) prototype completed its inaugural flight Feb. 27, 1963, beginning a rich heritage as the most heralded and versatile... Read more

P&WC Celebrates Iconic PT6 Engine’s 50 Years of Leadership

P&WC Celebrates Iconic PT6 Engine’s 50 Years of Leadership

5-Aug-2013Source: P&WC

Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) is in the midst of celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of the first delivery of its iconic PT6 engine, an engine that has helped to change the face of modern aviation. P&WC is a division of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX). “The PT6 engine has played an integral role in building P&WC into... Read more

Sikorsky delivers 400th MH-60 to US Navy

Sikorsky delivers 400th MH-60 to US Navy

31-Jul-2013Source: Sikorsky

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), has delivered the 400th MH-60 SEAHAWK® helicopter to the U.S. Navy. The milestone consists of 166 MH-60R anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare helicopters, and 234 MH-60S utility/armed helicopters. The Navy took possession of the 400th, an MH-60R aircraft, on June 24. “MH-60 multi-mission aircraft are among the most reliable... Read more

Devon Air Ambulance responds to 20,000th mission

Devon Air Ambulance responds to 20,000th mission

15-Jul-2013Source: Devon Air Ambulance

Having recently completed their 20,000th mission, Devon’s two Air Ambulances have had yet another busy week. Last weekend for example the crews were called to 8 missions across the county, from Bideford to Salcombe, Newton Abbot to Wheddon Cross.  The incidents included falls from ladders, bikes and trees, a road traffic collision involving a motorcycle... Read more

Oman Police celebrate 6,000 flying hours on AW139 fleet

Oman Police celebrate 6,000 flying hours on AW139 fleet

28-Jun-2013Source: Muscat Daily

H E Paola Amadei, the Ambassador of Italy to Oman and Marco Aka, president and chief executive officer of international business of AgustaWestland company were also present at the ceremony. see full story . Photo (c) Copyright of, and used with full permission of, Damiano Gualdoni... Read more

Donaldson congratulates PJ Helicopters on 40+ years

Donaldson congratulates PJ Helicopters on 40+ years

24-Jun-2013Source: Donaldson

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI), congratulates long-time customer PJ Helicopters for developing world-class precision-lift services over its more than 40 years of operations. The success of Red Bluff, Calif.-based PJ Helicopters is supported by Donaldson’s Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) systems. The IBFs protect the safety, performance and reliability of seven turbine helicopter... Read more

VNH South recognised for flight hour milestone as more EC225s arrive

VNH South recognised for flight hour milestone as more EC225s arrive

19-Jun-2013Source: Eurocopter

During the Paris Airshow, VNH South was recognized in an appreciation ceremony that highlighted the operator’s continuing trust and support in Eurocopter products for the past 27 years – logging an impressive 54,000 flight hours with its Super Puma fleet. This number is set to increase further with the arrival of new EC225s for the... Read more

Helisim and Eurocopter log 100,000th hour of simulator training for international customers

Helisim and Eurocopter log 100,000th hour of simulator training for international customers

13-Jun-2013

Helisim today celebrated the 100,000th hour milestone for flight simulator sessions with international customers, marking a key milestone in its training of pilots on Eurocopter helicopters that directly contributes to the safety of operators worldwide. The value of Helisim’s services is the highly realistic flight experience provided in its ground-based simulators, enabling pilots to encounter... Read more

250th UH-72A Lakota in operation with US Army with Becker Avionics

250th UH-72A Lakota in operation with US Army with Becker Avionics

6-Jun-2013Source: Becker Avionics

With the recent delivery of the U.S. Army’s 250th UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) aircraft by EADS North America/Eurocopter, the program is just over two-thirds complete, and remains on schedule and within budget. Nevertheless, there have been some recent changes to the Lakota program due to Department of Defense budget pressures. In Fiscal Year... Read more

Turbomeca and HeliDax celebrate 50,000 flight hours for the Arrius 2F

Turbomeca and HeliDax celebrate 50,000 flight hours for the Arrius 2F

4-Jun-2013Source: Turbomeca

During one ceremony Organized by HeliDax, Turbomeca (Safran) Announced That icts Arrius 2F engines Have reached 50,000 flight hours on the 36 single-engine EC120 helicopters operated by HeliDax. Made available to EALAT ( French Army Helicopter Pilot Training School ) Thesis aircraft are to be used falling on the basic training of future helicopter pilots... Read more

Third V-22 Osprey pilot reaches 2,000 hours on type

Third V-22 Osprey pilot reaches 2,000 hours on type

30-May-2013Source: US Marine Corps

Very few pilots have flown more than 2,000 hours in the MV-22B Osprey but, Lt. Col. Eric Garcia, commanding officer of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163, became the third Marine to reach this milestone aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., May 23. “I never really thought anything of it until this week,” said Garcia,... Read more

Portugal celebrates 50 years of the Alouette III

Portugal celebrates 50 years of the Alouette III

30-Apr-2013Source: Portuguese AF

[Electronic translation] On April 20 was held in the premises of 552 Squadron“HORNETS”, based on the Air Base No. 11 , in Beja, the event commemorating the 50 years of operation of the helicopterALOUETTE III This event, which aimed to mark this milestone, brought together several generations of soldiers who worked and are working with the weapons system... Read more

Guimbal extends warranty as one Cabri completes 2000 hours in 32 months

Guimbal extends warranty as one Cabri completes 2000 hours in 32 months

23-Apr-2013Source: HeliHub.com

Swedish operator has completed 2000 hours on its Cabri SE-HJR (serial 1011) in just 32 months – an average of 62.5 hours per month. In conjunction with this achievement, Guimbal have now significant extended the warranty they offer on new aircraft from “500 hours or two years” to “1,000 hours or three years”, with the... Read more

Helicopter Instructor Reaches Flying Milestone

Helicopter Instructor Reaches Flying Milestone

23-Apr-2013Source: RAF

A Qualified Helicopter Instructor with the Central Flying School (Helicopters) at RAF Shawbury has achieved a flying milestone in passing an incredible 6000 hours of flying. Flight Lieutenant Jim Hobkirk is a Qualified Helicopter Instructor with Central Flying School (Helicopters) at the unit. He spends his days training future Qualified Helicopter Instructor pilots on the... Read more

ASU completes 100th BK117 Night Vision upgrade

ASU completes 100th BK117 Night Vision upgrade

22-Apr-2013Source: ASU

Aviation Specialties Unlimited, (ASU) announced they have completed their 100th Night Vision cockpit modification on BK 117 Aircraft.  This most recent lighting installation was completed at Helicopter Specialties in Janesville, Wisconsin.  Helicopter Specialties is a helicopter completion center and performs maintenance, repair and overhauls. “Completing 100 NVIS lighting modifications for the BK 117 is a... Read more

CALSTAR Transports 50,000th Patient

CALSTAR Transports 50,000th Patient

19-Apr-2013Source: CALSTAR

january was a historic month for CALSTAR as we transported our 50,000th patient, CALSTAR CEO Lynn Malmstrom announced. “Surpassing 50,000 patient transports is a significant accomplishment and we would like to recognize our dedicated CALSTAR team members, past and present, as well as our many industry partners who have made it possible,” Malmstrom said. CALSTAR... Read more

HMLA-167 celebrates 45 years of warfighting

HMLA-167 celebrates 45 years of warfighting

12-Apr-2013Source: US Marine Corps

Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 167 celebrated its 45th birthday aboard Marine Corps Air Station New River with spirited competition, food and tunes at the air station soccer fields, March 28. The squadron participated in its own version of the Highland Games, an annual Scottish competition consisting of traditional Scottish athletic events. More than 10... Read more

Mi-24, Legendary Russian Attack Helicopter, Turns 40 This Year

Mi-24, Legendary Russian Attack Helicopter, Turns 40 This Year

21-Mar-2013Source: Russian Helicopters

This year marks the 40th anniversary of production of the Mi-24, the first purpose-built Russian combat helicopter, at Rostov Helicopter Plant, today called Rostvertol, a Russian Helicopters company. The design of the Mi-24, a strike and transport helicopter was, was so successful that versions are still in use today: some 1,500 Mi-24s serve with the... Read more

Avinco celebrates 10 years as pre-owned helicopter specialists

Avinco celebrates 10 years as pre-owned helicopter specialists

18-Mar-2013Source: Avinco

Avinco experiences sustained growth and secures its leading position in the pre-owned helicopter sector through an extensive portfolio and solutions tailored to today’s market This year Avinco proudly celebrates its 10 year anniversary as one of the world’s leading pre-owned helicopter specialists. Avinco is a 20-strong company, with operations in Monaco, Ireland and Germany, complemented... Read more

Global S-92 fleet passes 500,000 hours

Global S-92 fleet passes 500,000 hours

7-Mar-2013Source: Sikorsky

Serving customers around the world in missions as diverse as the countries flying it, the S-92® global helicopter fleet has surpassed 500,000 flight hours. Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), celebrated the milestone at the 2013 Heli-Expo Industry Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. “The S-92 helicopter was conceived as a commercial aircraft... Read more

Rolls-Royce delivers 31,000th M250 engine to Enstrom

Rolls-Royce delivers 31,000th M250 engine to Enstrom

5-Mar-2013Source: Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has delivered the 31,000th M250 engine to Enstrom Helicopter Corporation for installation in a 480B training helicopter destined for the Japan Ground Self Defense Force. The Rolls-Royce M250 engine line has amassed an impressive 223 million flight hours over the past 50 years of operation and has been continuously... Read more

REACH A109A Passes 10,000 Hour Milestone

REACH A109A Passes 10,000 Hour Milestone

5-Mar-2013Source: AgustaWestland

During a ceremony at Heli-Expo today AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, recognized REACH Air Medical Services for passing the 10,000 flight hour milestone with one of its Agusta A109A helicopters. The 10,000 flight hour milestone was recently passed by aircraft N21RX during a flight training mission with pilots Tim Karwal, Jason Dykstra and Director of Operations... Read more

Milestone surpasses $1 Billion in leased helicopters

Milestone surpasses $1 Billion in leased helicopters

5-Mar-2013Source: Milestone Aviation Group

Milestone Aviation Group, the global leader in helicopter leasing, announced today at Helicopter Association International’s Heli-Expo its portfolio of leased helicopters has surpassed $1 billion. Milestone is the first company ever to achieve this landmark. Since the company’s launch in August 2010, Milestone has closed more than 75 helicopter leases with 21 world-class operators in... Read more

Maritime Helicopters celebrates 40 years in Alaska

Maritime Helicopters celebrates 40 years in Alaska

22-Feb-2013Source: Maritime Helicopters

Maritime Helicopters Inc. celebrates 40 years of service in Alaska this year. Starting with one leased helicopter in 1973, the family-owned business has steadily grown to become the only Bell Helicopter/Textron Service Center in Alaska. Maritime owns a fleet of Bell Jet Rangers, Long Rangers, and 407 models which support marine, petroleum, construction, and government... Read more

100th pilot completes Bristow Academy Mountain Flying course

100th pilot completes Bristow Academy Mountain Flying course

18-Feb-2013Source: Bristow Academy

There’s a certain buzz these days in Carson City, Nevada—the sound of Bristow Academy Mountain Flying Training. On 23 May 2011 Bristow Academy began operating in the majestic Lake Tahoe region and hasn’t stopped since, training more than 100 pilots from a myriad of countries in high altitude operations. Military and police units have flocked... Read more

JetNet details Heli-Expo involvement – and celebrates 25 years

JetNet details Heli-Expo involvement – and celebrates 25 years

8-Feb-2013Source: JetNet

JETNET LLC, the world leader in aviation market intelligence, will exhibit at HAI Heli-Expo 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada and is celebrating 25 years of delivering professional aircraft research services. Their 2012 overview of the helicopter market, taken from their comprehensive global database of piston and turbine helicopters, reveals a market experiencing a slow but... Read more

Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance flies milestone 14,000th mission

Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance flies milestone 14,000th mission

24-Jan-2013Source: TVACAA

The Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance reached another important landmark, flying its 14,000th mission to attend to a fallen horse rider out on the Lambourn Gallops. Sarah Williamson, Head of Fundraising for the Trust said: “Because of the rural location, Air Ambulance BOB received the ‘shout’ to Lambourn Gallops to assist a rider who... Read more

Bond Air Services EC135 reaches 10,000 hours milestone

Bond Air Services EC135 reaches 10,000 hours milestone

17-Jan-2013Source: Bond Air Services

Bond Air Services (Bond) is proud to announce that one of the two helicopter air ambulances it operates on behalf of the Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) has reached 10,000 flying hours. The aircraft, a Eurocopter EC135T2i (registration G-SASA), reached this milestone transferring a maternity patient with abdominal pains from Cambeltown hospital to Crosshouse hospital in... Read more

Bell delivers 100th H-1 to the US Marine Corps

Bell delivers 100th H-1 to the US Marine Corps

17-Jan-2013Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), today delivered the 100th of a planned total of 349 H-1 helicopters during a ceremony at its Amarillo Assembly Center. The US Marine Corps H-1 helicopter program is comprised of both the UH-1Y utility helicopter and the AH-1Z attack helicopter. John Garrison, president and CEO of Bell Helicopter said, “We are... Read more

Snowy Hydro SouthCare approaches 5,000th mission

Snowy Hydro SouthCare approaches 5,000th mission

15-Jan-2013Source: Snowy Hydro SouthCare

Canberra and the region’s local rescue helicopter service is fast approaching a milestone of 5,000 missions in its 15th year of operation. Snowy Hydro SouthCare expects to perform its 5,000th mission before the end of January. Since 1998 the Snowy Hydro SouthCare Aero-Medical Rescue Helicopter has been serving the ACT and surrounding region, extending as... Read more

Royal Navy launches “60 years of SAR” at London Boat Show

Royal Navy launches “60 years of SAR” at London Boat Show

14-Jan-2013Source: Royal Navy

There is also the opportunity to get up close and personal with an Offshore Raiding Craft (ORC), as used by the Royal Marines. Measuring in at nine metres long and able to travel in excess of 35 knots, these craft were part of the Royal Navy’s commitment to keeping the public safe during the London... Read more

Harrison flight nurse completes 1,500 flights for Air Evac Lifeteam

Harrison flight nurse completes 1,500 flights for Air Evac Lifeteam

11-Jan-2013Source: Newton County Times

Boone County base flight nurse Lee Bailey recently completed his 1500th flight for Air Evac Lifeteam (see full story)... Read more

New Zealand’s Beck Helicopters celebrates 40 years

New Zealand’s Beck Helicopters celebrates 40 years

21-Dec-2012Source: Stratford Press

Formed in 1972 to meet an increasing need for helicopter services in the province, Alan says the business has grown from a single Bell 47 helicopter, a small hangar and small staff base to one which now operates three Bell Iroquois and one Bell Jet Ranger helicopter across New Zealand and carries out maintenance on... Read more

Irish military complete 100 EMS missions

Irish military complete 100 EMS missions

17-Dec-2012

The Air Ambulance Service based out of Custume Barracks in Athlone has performed over 100 missions since the service was established last June. (see full report)... Read more

Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant Turns 65

Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant Turns 65

13-Dec-2012Source: Russian Helicopters

Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant, the world-famous designer and developer of helicopters including the Mi-8, Mi-24 and Mi-26 models, today celebrates its 65th anniversary. Distinguished engineer Mikhail Mil in 1947 was appointed head of an experimental design bureau that over time became one of the best helicopter design schools in the world. Today the traditions of... Read more

South Wales Helimed reaches 8,000th Mission

South Wales Helimed reaches 8,000th Mission

4-Dec-2012Source: Wales Air Ambulance

Wales Air Ambulance’s Swansea based air ambulance attended its 8,000th mission on the 28th November  2012. The service has now been in operation for 11 years from Fairwood Airport, Swansea, starting as a 5 day service which was launched on St David’s Day 2001. Wales Air Ambulance has since expanded to having three helicopters across Wales which... Read more

General Dynamics delivers 1,000th OH-58D Kiowa Warrior mast housing

General Dynamics delivers 1,000th OH-58D Kiowa Warrior mast housing

28-Nov-2012Source: General Dynamics

General Dynamics Global Imaging Technologies has delivered the 1,000th precision-machined beryllium sensor housing to DRS Technologies, Inc. DRS integrates the sensor housings into the Mast Mounted Sight (MMS) for the U.S. Army’s OH-58D Kiowa Warrior Helicopter. “We are very proud of the continued hard work and dedication exhibited by our employees on this project,” said... Read more

Telecoms company Telus passes $1M barrier in STARS donations

Telecoms company Telus passes $1M barrier in STARS donations

25-Nov-2012

The Telus logo was added to the STARS helicopter in a ceremony on Wednesday morning for surpassing the $1 million mark in giving to the charity. (see full story)... Read more

Fleet Readiness Center East delivers last H-46

Fleet Readiness Center East delivers last H-46

15-Nov-2012Source: US Marine Corps

The H-46 model “Phrog” helicopter has served the Marine Corps for nearly 50 years, but its era is drawing to a close. During a ceremony here Nov. 9, Fleet Readiness Center East sent off the last HH-46 helicopter it will service to Marine Transport Squadron 1. The helicopter is being replaced by the MV-22B Osprey,... Read more

Turbomeca engines reach 400,000 hours on Citic Offshore fleet

Turbomeca engines reach 400,000 hours on Citic Offshore fleet

15-Nov-2012Source: Turbomeca

During the Air Show China, Turbomeca China (Safran group) and Citic Offshore Helicopter Co Ltd (COHC) celebrate the 400,000 cumulative operation hours of Turbomeca engines powering COHC fleet. Today, COHC is the biggest civil helicopter operator in South-east Asia. Lin Yang, Turbomeca China Customer Support & Sales Director, said: “COHC is one of our most... Read more

Air Evac’s Jackson crew celebrates 5,000 safe flights

Air Evac’s Jackson crew celebrates 5,000 safe flights

9-Nov-2012

The pilots, flight nurses and paramedics who work at Tennessee’s first Air Evac station celebrated a major milestone — more than 5,000 missions flown safely. (see full story)... Read more

Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter prepares for 7,000th mission

Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter prepares for 7,000th mission

2-Nov-2012Source: Coffs Coast Advocate

“Please don’t take us for granted” is the plea from Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter as it prepares to fly its 7000th mission. (see full story)... Read more

UK – 4,000th callout for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance

UK – 4,000th callout for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance

22-Oct-2012Source: IOW County Press

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance has been called out on 4,000 emergencies since it was established five years ago. (see full story)... Read more

Weststar Aviation Services’ AW139 fleet achieves 20,000 hours

Weststar Aviation Services’ AW139 fleet achieves 20,000 hours

19-Oct-2012Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the AW139 intermediate twin-engine helicopter fleet operated by Weststar Aviation Services of Malaysia has achieved the milestone of 20,000 flying hours, just 18 months after their first AW139 entered service in April 2011. Weststar is the largest civil operator of AW139 helicopters in Asia and has... Read more

AgustaWestland marks 10 years of AW101 with Royal Canadian Air Force

AgustaWestland marks 10 years of AW101 with Royal Canadian Air Force

10-Oct-2012Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that its fleet of AW101 (formerly EH101) “Cormorant” search and rescue helicopters has achieved dual milestones of 10 years active service with the Royal Canadian Air Force and 50,000 operating hours. “Canada’s Cormorants are the benchmark for AW101s around the world,” said Jeremy Tracy, AgustaWestland’s Head of... Read more

Swedish pilot passes 30,000 hours

Swedish pilot passes 30,000 hours

9-Oct-2012Source: Jämtlands Flyg

On 9 September 2012, Jämtlands Flyg’s lead pilot Ulf Grinde made history by passing 30.000 hours airborne time. The astonishing milestone was achieved during a water sampling operation near Lake Uddjaure, south of Arjeplog. Ulf has gained slightly less than 8.000 hours in fixed-wing airplanes and the remaining 22.000 hours in helicopters. This flight time (airborne... Read more

40,000 flight hour mark reached by Helidax

40,000 flight hour mark reached by Helidax

28-Sep-2012Source: DCI

Helidax, a subsidiary of DCI and INAER, announces that it has exceeded 40,000 flight hours on EC120 Colibri aircraft, in their Calliope configuration, after 2 years of operation. Helidax is the first public-private partnership (PPP) launched by the French Ministry of Defense in 2008. This partnership concerns the supply of helicopter flight hours, for 22... Read more

Producer of Ka-32A11BC and Ka-226T celebrates 50th anniversary

Producer of Ka-32A11BC and Ka-226T celebrates 50th anniversary

23-Sep-2012Source: Russian Helicopters

Kumertau Aviation Production Enterprise (KumAPP), part of Russian Helicopters and a producer of the Kamov Design Bureau’s distinctive coaxial-rotor civilian and military helicopters, is celebrating its 50th anniversary. KumAPP is one of the biggest industrial enterprises in Russia, and the main manufacturing centre for the advanced civilian and military helicopters developed by the Kamov Design... Read more

American Eurocopter celebrates 200th US-built AS350

American Eurocopter celebrates 200th US-built AS350

21-Sep-2012Source: American Eurocopter

American Eurocopter held an event today at its Delivery Center in Grand Prairie to honor the 200th AS350® helicopter manufactured in the United States. The 200th aircraft, an AS350 B3e, was delivered to the Texas Department of Public Safety in April and was placed into service today. Members of the Texas DPS were on hand... Read more

Turbomeca celebrates 35 years in Brazil and expand facilities

Turbomeca celebrates 35 years in Brazil and expand facilities

6-Sep-2012Source: Turbomeca

Turbomeca do Brasil (Safran group), in Brazil since 1977, celebrates the expansion of icts site based in Xerém, Rio de Janeiro State . These new facilities will house the new assembly line and testing of the engine and Makila 2 of the Auxiliary Power Unit Saphir 20. These engines and units, designed for Both Civilian... Read more

Boeing-built US Army Apache fleet exceeds 3,500,000 flight hours

Boeing-built US Army Apache fleet exceeds 3,500,000 flight hours

29-Aug-2012Source: Boeing

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Team Apache suppliers worldwide are applauding the news that the U.S. Army AH-64 Apache helicopter fleet has surpassed 3.5 million flight hours. The Army’s aviation program office said that the milestone of endurance and reliability was reached in June as Apache crews flew combat missions in Afghanistan, participated in exercises in... Read more

DLRAA fly 4,000th rescue mission in just 4½ years

DLRAA fly 4,000th rescue mission in just 4½ years

30-Jul-2012Source: DLRAA

Friday 13th is always a date that stands out, but last week’s date will be extra memorable for the crew of Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA), as they achieved a milestone rescue mission. On Friday, DLRAA attended their 4,000th rescue since the Charity started back in January 2008. From accidents up in the rural... Read more

Sikorsky delivers 500th ‘M’ model Black Hawk

Sikorsky delivers 500th ‘M’ model Black Hawk

19-Jul-2012Source: Sikorsky

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), and the U.S. Army today celebrated the delivery of the 500th H-60M BLACK HAWK helicopter. The deliveries to date comprise 400 UH-60M utility and 100 HH-60M MEDEVAC aircraft, the latter used exclusively as an air ambulance by the U.S. Army to rush wounded soldiers to field... Read more

500th AW139 Goes to Weststar Aviation Services

500th AW139 Goes to Weststar Aviation Services

13-Jul-2012Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce it handed over the 500th AW139 to Weststar Aviation Services of Malaysia during a ceremony held at the Farnborough International Airshow today. The aircraft was accepted by Tan Sri Syed Azman Syed Ibrahim, Group Managing Director of Weststar from Bruno Spagnolini, CEO, AgustaWestland. The 500th delivery comes... Read more

500th AW139 for handover at Farnborough 2012

500th AW139 for handover at Farnborough 2012

9-Jul-2012Source: HeliHub.com

AgustaWestland have the 500th AW139 in the static park at Farnborough Air Show this week in the UK. For photo see this page on Airliners.net It is in the colours of Malaysian operator Weststar Aviation Services, with a large “500th” logo and we thus assume – in the absence of official PR from the manufacturer... Read more

North Colorado Med Evac celebrates 30 years

North Colorado Med Evac celebrates 30 years

2-Jul-2012Source: Banner Health

North Colorado Med Evac is celebrating 30 years and more than 20,000 successful flights serving communities in northeastern Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska. The Med Evac crew has planned a celebration event that is open to the public on Saturday, June 30, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Greeley Central High School field, 1515... Read more

NYPD AW119 fleet achieves 20,000 hour milestone

NYPD AW119 fleet achieves 20,000 hour milestone

27-Jun-2012Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the AW119 helicopter fleet operated by the New York Police Department is the worldwide law enforcement fleet leader, having achieved over 20,000 flying hours on the fleet and more than 6,000 on their fleet leader. New York Police Department is among the largest US law enforcement... Read more

Hawaii’s first helicopter operator celebrates 50 years

Hawaii’s first helicopter operator celebrates 50 years

26-Jun-2012

A blessing and dedication was held Thursday at the Lihu‘e Airport Heliport, officiated by Lady Ipo Kahaunaele-Ferreira of Ke Akua Mana Church. (see full story) The company’s website has a great page on its history – from which the following early photo comes – Jack Harter on the left in this shot standing next to... Read more

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