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NH90s are almost undeployable on Royal New Zealand Navy ships

NH90s are almost undeployable on Royal New Zealand Navy ships

A written parliamentary answer to New Zealand First confirms the $771 million NH90 helicopters were one of our worst military procurement decisions as they are almost undeployable on Royal New Zealand Navy ships. See Full Story.

Source: Voxy, 26-Jun-15

Airwork and The Helicopter Line in court after cancelled tourism contract

Airwork and The Helicopter Line in court after cancelled tourism contract

A tourism giant operating in Queenstown faces a $9 million claim for damages after cancelling its helicopter contract with its supplier. See Full Story

Source: Scene, 22-Jun-15

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Register Update – New Zealand – May 2015

Register Update – New Zealand – May 2015

This news item is part of the HeliHub.com “Register Updates” series, listing helicopters which have been added to a particular national register, removed from it or the listed owner has changed. Our coverage represents the majority of registration and owner changes within the global civilian helicopter fleet. Most updates are weekly or monthly, although some… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Jun-15

New Zealand Whisky Company to commemorate UH-1 fleet

New Zealand Whisky Company to commemorate UH-1 fleet

For just over 49 years, the UH-1H Iroquois helicopter fleet has served the RNZAF, NZDF and New Zealand. On May 2015, a formal function will mark the retirement of the Iroquois (Huey) and bottles from the New Zealand Whisky Company will be auctioned to commemorate each helicopter. See Full Story.

Source: Scoop, 28-May-15

New Zealand Hueys start final tour

New Zealand Hueys start final tour

The Royal New Zealand Air Force’s fleet of Iroquois helicopters has provided almost 50 years of service to New Zealand and has been a stalwart of Defence Force operations since its purchase. The Iroquois is scheduled to cease flying operations with the Air Force on 01 July 2015. Ahead of this withdrawal from service, No.3… Read more »

Source: Royal New Zealand Air Force, 12-May-15

New Zealand CAA issue Robinson Helicopter Fleet Consultation Document

New Zealand CAA issue Robinson Helicopter Fleet Consultation Document

The New Zealand CAA is exploring the need for changes in the regulation of the Robinson helicopter fleet. This is in response to a number of accidents involving Robinson helicopters in the last few years. As part of the response to these accidents, the Transport Accident Investigation Commission (“TAIC”) and the CAA have reviewed the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Apr-15

Register Update – New Zealand – March 2015

Register Update – New Zealand – March 2015

This news item is part of the HeliHub.com “Register Updates” series, listing helicopters which have been added to a particular national register, removed from it or the listed owner has changed. Our coverage represents the majority of registration and owner changes within the global civilian helicopter fleet. Most updates are weekly or monthly, although some… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 10-Apr-15

Palmerston North Rescue upgrades from AS350 to BK117

Palmerston North Rescue upgrades from AS350 to BK117

The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter operation has just taken delivery of a purpose-built, twin engine BK117 helicopter, replacing the current single-engine AS350FX2 that has served the region for the last 23 years. See Full Story

Source: Scoop, 07-Apr-15

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The Airbus Helicopters Foundation provides aid in Vanuatu following Tropical Cyclone Pam

The Airbus Helicopters Foundation provides aid in Vanuatu following Tropical Cyclone Pam

The Airbus Helicopters Foundation in coordination with French Foreign Affairs Ministry Crisis Center have joined forces to distribute medical supplies, food and other humanitarian aid to the communities affected by Tropical Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu, an archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean, some 1,7500 km east of Australia. The category five cyclone caused enormous damage… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 02-Apr-15

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NH90 acquisition criticised as NZ use Seasprite for Vanuatu aid flights

NH90 acquisition criticised as NZ use Seasprite for Vanuatu aid flights

Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says the difficulties in using the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s helicopters in cyclone-hit Vanuatu shows the Government needs to be very careful in making its next military purchases. See Full Story

Source: The New Zealand Herald, 01-Apr-15

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Profile – Heli Glenorchy in New Zealand

Profile – Heli Glenorchy in New Zealand

Start-up businesses are tapping into untouched ventures in Glenorchy, boosting the Otago town’s tourism. See Full Story

Source: Stuff, 30-Mar-15

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Register Update – New Zealand – February 2015

Register Update – New Zealand – February 2015

This news item is part of the HeliHub.com “Register Updates” series, listing helicopters which have been added to a particular national register, removed from it or the listed owner has changed. Our coverage represents the majority of registration and owner changes within the global civilian helicopter fleet. Most updates are weekly or monthly, although some… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Mar-15

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Seasprites Formally Handed over to NZ Defence Force

Seasprites Formally Handed over to NZ Defence Force

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) officially accepted ownership of the new Seasprite SH-2G(I) helicopters from Kaman Aerospace in a ceremony at Royal New Zealand Air Force Base Auckland this morning. There are three new Seasprites at Base Auckland and the remaining five will be delivered by September. The new SH-2G(I) replaces the SH-2G model… Read more »

Source: NZDF, 13-Mar-15

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13-Mar-15 ZK-IWL Robinson R44 French Pass, New Zealand (1F)

Heilcopter struck wires crossing an 800m wide sea inlet known as French Pass between D’Urville Island and the mainland.  Sole occupant pilot named as Ian John Simcox, 65, from Blenheim was killed

13-Mar-15

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Rolls-Royce, Composite helicopters sign RR300 MOU

Rolls-Royce, Composite helicopters sign RR300 MOU

Rolls-Royce and Composite Helicopters International Ltd., an emerging New Zealand helicopter manufacturer, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to place the RR300 engine into Composite Helicopter’s new KC630 composite helicopter manufactured using their patented EvoStrength™ technology. Rolls-Royce and Composite Helicopters will also work toward placing Rolls-Royce M250 engine variants into future Composite Helicopter platforms. The RR300… Read more »

Source: Rolls-Royce, 04-Mar-15

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26-Feb-15 Robinson R22 Akitio, New Zealand

“Landed in a tree”.   Pilot was able to climb out of the helicopter and down from the tree to phone for help.

26-Feb-15

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Australia and New Zealand ground R44s with C016-7 “Dash 7” blades

Australia and New Zealand ground R44s with C016-7 “Dash 7” blades

Australia and New Zealand have prohibited Robinson R44 helicopters from further flight if they are fitted with main rotor blades with reference C016-7.  This follows the fatal accident of an R44 in New Zealand last week from the fleet of Over The Top Helicopters, which killed one of their instructors and his 18 year old… Read more »

23-Feb-15

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19-Feb-15 ZK-IPY Robinson R44 Queenstown, New Zealand (2F)

Fatalities named in the press as Stephen Anthony Nicholson Combe, aged 42, of Wanaka, and James Louis Patterson Gardner, aged 18, of Queenstown

19-Feb-15

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Register Update – New Zealand – January 2015

Register Update – New Zealand – January 2015

This news item is part of the HeliHub.com “Register Updates” series, listing helicopters which have been added to a particular national register, removed from it or the listed owner has changed. Our coverage represents the majority of registration and owner changes within the global civilian helicopter fleet. Most updates are weekly or monthly, although some… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Feb-15

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Composite Helicopters plans three models, and will take two to Heli-Expo

Composite Helicopters plans three models, and will take two to Heli-Expo

Composite Helicopters International has announced its intention to certify its composite helicopters by filing a Type Certification application with the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority.  This marks the end of the first phase of their development program, and opens an opportunity for further expansion of the NZCAA/FAA Bi-lateral Airworthiness Agreement which will allow for follow-on… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Feb-15

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10-Feb-15 ZK-HXJ CHR Safari Te Awamutu, New Zealand

Loss of power on climb out – cleared powerlines and put helicopter down heavily in a paddock.  Helicopter had completed three short flights in the previous hour without incident.  Pilot Bruce Belfield not injured, but passenger was hospitalized.

10-Feb-15

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Famous film director makes controversial bid for Helipro Wellington base

Famous film director makes controversial bid for Helipro Wellington base

Director James Cameron is looking to expand his New Zealand empire by taking over the Helipro site on the Wellington waterfront. See Full Story

Source: Stuff, 09-Feb-15

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05-Feb-15 ZK-IQQ MD Helicopters MD500D Marlborough, New Zealand

Firefighting helicopter crashed while filling bucket in very shallow river. pilot Neal Andrews walked away unscathed

05-Feb-15

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NZ tour operators in conflict

NZ tour operators in conflict

Strained relations between two Queenstown tourism operators came under the spotlight in the Environment Court yesterday. See Full Story

Source: ODT, 28-Jan-15

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New Zealand helicopter pilot admits aviation breaches

New Zealand helicopter pilot admits aviation breaches

A Canterbury helicopter pilot has admitted three breaches of the Civil Aviation Act and faces sentencing in the Christchurch District Court in April. See Full Story

Source: Stuff, 16-Jan-15

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Rescue helicopters trial blood transfusions

Rescue helicopters trial blood transfusions

Auckland’s rescue helicopters can now administer blood transfusions to critically-injured people at the scene of accidents or en route to hospital. See Full Story

Source: Radionz, 23-Dec-14

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A109LUH and NH90 fleets come together in RNZAF 3 Squadron

A109LUH and NH90 fleets come together in RNZAF 3 Squadron

A ceremony to mark the change of command of the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s 3 Squadron took place at RNZAF Base Ohakea today. The change of command parade also marked the integration of the Helicopter Transition Unit (HTU) into 3 Squadron, bringing the entire rotary wing transport force together under the 3 Squadron banner…. Read more »

Source: RNZAF, 23-Dec-14

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Kaman Announces New Zealand Acceptance of First SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite

Kaman Announces New Zealand Acceptance of First SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite

Kaman Corp. KAMN, -1.14% today announced that the New Zealand Ministry of Defence (MoD) has accepted the first SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite helicopter for the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF). Acceptance occurred at Kaman’s Bloomfield, Connecticut facility. “We are pleased to have achieved this significant program milestone, which in addition to the acceptance of the first… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 02-Dec-14

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Rescue chopper pads for Waihi, Whangamata

Rescue chopper pads for Waihi, Whangamata

Waihi and Whangamata residents will benefit from four new rescue helicopter landing pads built as part of a motorcycle safety project lead by the NZ Transport Agency. See Full Story

Source: Bay of Plenty Times, 18-Nov-14

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Wellington City Council inundated with proposals for Queens Wharf helipad

Wellington City Council inundated with proposals for Queens Wharf helipad

The Wellington waterfront whirr made by a Helipro chopper is a thing of the past with the closure of five of its bases, including one at Queens Wharf. See Full Story

Source: Stuff, 13-Nov-14

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Composite Helicopters have accident with second KC 518 Adventourer prototype

Composite Helicopters have accident with second KC 518 Adventourer prototype

New Zealand based Composite Helicopters have unfortunately had an accident with their second flying prototype of their five-seat KC518 Aventourer helicopter.  NZ Herald reports that co-founder Peter Maloney remained on site to see the helicopter put onto a trailer for the short journey back to their base at North Shore airfield, while co-pilot Norbert Idelon… Read more »

10-Nov-14

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08-Nov-14 ZK-HOL Composite Helicopters KC518 Silverdale, New Zealand

Emergency field landing on a test flight, ending up with helicopter lying on its side.  Pilot Peter Maloney was attended to on site, while co-pilot Herbert Idelon was taken to a local hospital as a precaution.  Location was two miles north-east of their intended destination – their home base North Shore Airfield.  See also interview… Read more »

08-Nov-14

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Robinson R66 Safety Seminar Kicks Off in Auckland

Robinson R66 Safety Seminar Kicks Off in Auckland

The Robinson R66 Safety Seminar kicked off at Ardmore, New Zealand today. The seminar, which has been organised by NZCAA in partnership with Robinson Helicopters and Skysales Aviation, has been designed to explore and discuss the R66 and R44 helicopter models, their features and how best pilots can operate the aircraft to avert incident. Today’s… Read more »

Source: Oceania Aviation, 04-Nov-14

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New Zealand – Owner of Hill Country Helicopters dies in accident

New Zealand – Owner of Hill Country Helicopters dies in accident

Press in New Zealand is reporting the death of Peter Robb in a helicopter accident earlier today.  See our page for this accident at 28-Oct-14 ZK-ITJ MD Helicopters MD500E Brunswick, New Zealand (1F) Multiple sources are quoting the helicopter contacted wires while spraying at low level, causing it to crash onto a road Mr Robb’s… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 28-Oct-14

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28-Oct-14 ZK-ITJ MD Helicopters MD500E Brunswick, New Zealand (1F)

Struck wires while spraying at low level, killing pilot Peter Robb

28-Oct-14

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CAE contracted to support New Zealand Seasprite synthetic training devices

CAE contracted to support New Zealand Seasprite synthetic training devices

Today at the New Zealand Defence Industry Association (NZDIA) annual forum, CAE announced it has been awarded contracts by the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) to support its SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite helicopter synthetic training devices. Under terms of the contracts, CAE will perform updates to an existing SH-2G(I) Full Mission Flight Simulator (FMFS) and SH-2G(I)… Read more »

Source: CAE, 21-Oct-14

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Peru to acquire five Seasprite helicopters

Peru to acquire five Seasprite helicopters

The governments of Peru and Canada have recently signed an accord that will allow the Andean nation to acquire up to five Seasprite multipurpose helicopters for the Peruvian Navy. See Full Story

Source: Andina, 14-Oct-14

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New Zealand – Lucas Group including HELiPRO in receivership

New Zealand – Lucas Group including HELiPRO in receivership

On 7 October 2014 John Fisk and David Bridgman, Partners from PwC, were appointed receivers to Rick Lucas Helicopters Limited and related entities which trades as HELiPRO. The receivership has occurred as a result of a request to appoint receivers by the director of the companies. HELiPRO operates from eight bases throughout New Zealand as… Read more »

Source: PwC, 08-Oct-14

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07-Oct-14 ZK-HBQ Robinson R44 Kahurangi, New Zealand (1F)

Cause unknown.  Helicopter went missing on flight from Karamea to Nelson and the wreckage was not found for a further four days.  The deceased pilot was named as Damian Webster

07-Oct-14

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Four Russian pilots plan 30,000NM flight in two R66s

Four Russian pilots plan 30,000NM flight in two R66s

Already a record holding R66 pilot himself, Michael Farikh has this morning announced on Facebook that a new ultra long distance flight will start next week from Moscow.  On Tuesday 16th September, the four Russian private pilots: Evgeny Kabanov, Igor Rudoy, Alexander Kurylev and Alexey Murashov will start their journey from Moscow to New Zealand… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Sep-14

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16-Aug-14 ZK-HYO Eurocopter AS350B2 Mount Alta, New Zealand (1F)

Heliski helicopter crashed on mountain.  Boom detatched from cabin, which rolled further down the slope.  1 fatal (named as Jerome Box) of 7 on board – five skiers, their guide and the pilot. The other six all to hospital, none with life-threatening injuries

16-Aug-14

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EMS Bell 429 starts Australia and New Zealand demo tour

EMS Bell 429 starts Australia and New Zealand demo tour

Hawker Pacific, the leading aircraft sales and product support company in Asia, Pacific and the Middle East has today announced a demonstration tour of a Bell 429EMS helicopter in EMS configuration across New Zealand and Australia – a first for the region. Arriving this week, the aero-medical configured helicopter will visit New Zealand in August… Read more »

Source: Hawker Pacific, 13-Aug-14

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06-Jul-14 ZK-HON Schweizer 300C Ward, New Zealand

06-Jul-14 ZK-HON Schweizer 300C Ward, New Zealand

Crashed on hunting expedition.  Both occupants airlifted – pilot Grant McCallum with a broken leg and passenger Sam Kersten with serious back injuries

06-Jul-14

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New Zealand CAA invites Robinson for Safety Seminars

New Zealand CAA invites Robinson for Safety Seminars

Robinson Helicopters have accepted the CAA’s invitation to give a safety awareness briefing on the R44 and R66.  The one-day safety briefing and product update will be presented by Tim Tucker, chief flying instructor for Robinson.  There will be an opportunity on the day after for a dual flight with Tim in the R66 or… Read more »

Source: NZ CAA, 04-Jul-14

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New Zealand – NEST opens S76 simulator to public to raise funds

New Zealand – NEST opens S76 simulator to public to raise funds

Nest general manager Vanessa Furze said opening the facility up to the public was an opportunity to fundraise for the crucial emergency service but also a chance for people to have a go at the controls of one of the best simulators in the world.  See full story

Source: NZ Herald, 01-Jun-14

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05-May-14 ZK-HJC Kawasaki BK117B1 Springston, New Zealand

Emergency field landing when transferring a patient from Ashburton Hospital to Christchurch Hospital when an indication warning light turned on.  Representative from operator referred to it as a “heavy landing”. No injuries to 5 POB

05-May-14

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Kaman New Zealand SH-2G(I) Achieves First Flight

Kaman New Zealand SH-2G(I) Achieves First Flight

Kaman Aerospace announced today that the first New Zealand government NZ SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite helicopter began production flight testing at Kaman’s Bloomfield, Connecticut facility. After production flight tests, this aircraft will be used for maintenance and aircrew training. The program is on track with deliveries of all ten aircraft scheduled to be complete in mid-2015. The first New Zealand government NZ SH-2G(I)… Read more »

Source: Kaman, 22-Apr-14

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19-Apr-14 ZK-HZL Eurocopter AS350BA Taupo, New Zealand

Heavy landing, 2 POB, one with slight injuries.  Reported that it clipped a tree on final approach

19-Apr-14

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11-Apr-14 ZK-ING Hughes 269B Haast, New Zealand (2F)

Darryl Condon, 51, and Neale Gray, 54 killed on flight returning back to base at Bruce Bay after maintenance at Wanaka

11-Apr-14

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AgustaWestland GrandNew flies NZ demo tour

AgustaWestland GrandNew flies NZ demo tour

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that its eight-seat twin-engine GrandNew helicopter will begin a six day demonstration tour of New Zealand on 4th April. The tour will start in New Plymouth on the west coast of North Island and will also include stops in, among others, Wellington, Dunedin and Wanaka before finishing in… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 07-Apr-14

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Court blocks review of Auckland EMS helicopter funding

Court blocks review of Auckland EMS helicopter funding

Justice Thomas‘ High Court decision was to reject on all counts the Westpac Helicopter Trusts’ request for a judicial review and dismissed its application.  See full story

Source: Scoop, 02-Apr-14

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Workers endangered by media helicopter

Workers endangered by media helicopter

Press report suggests the helicopter was flying so low that the workers on the ground were affected by the rotor wash which dislodged loose rocks from the cliff face.  See full story

Source: Scoop, 31-Mar-14

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Nigerian Air Force Mi-34s to fly again – in New Zealand

Nigerian Air Force Mi-34s to fly again – in New Zealand

The Nigerian Air Force procured Mil Mi-34C (NATO code Hermit) helicopters around 2002 with the intention of using them for ab initio training. In July 2011, HeliHub.com reported that they had all been withdrawn from use – reportedly due to main gearbox issues – with the intention of disposing of them. The Mi-34C is powered… Read more »

Source: HeliHub .com, 24-Mar-14

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HNZ Group reports 2013 Year-End Results

HNZ Group reports 2013 Year-End Results

• Revenue of $255.1 million, versus $256.0 million last year • EBITDA of $76.7 million or 30.1% compared to $77.5 million or 30.3% a year ago • Net income of $19.9 million or $1.52 per share due to a Q3 non-cash goodwill impairment charge of $23.5 million or net income before goodwill impairment charge totaling… Read more »

Source: HNZ Group, 20-Mar-14

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20-Mar-14 Wharerata, New Zealand (1F)

Passenger killed in accident at forestry site with helicopter being used for delivering supplies and equipment from one site to another.  Pilot has minor injuries.  Fatality named as Donald Carlton Kain, 53, a forestry supervisor

20-Mar-14

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New Zealand – Heli-Support to fly the PA100 PUREair System

New Zealand – Heli-Support to fly the PA100 PUREair System

DART Aerospace today announced that Heli-Support of Wanaka, New Zealand will demo the PA100 PUREair System engine protection system for the AS350 and EC130 families of helicopters. The PA100 PUREair System, co-developed by Pall Aerospace and DART Aerospace, is a totally redesigned, reengineered, and retested engine air protection system that takes the capabilities of its… Read more »

Source: Dart Aerospace, 17-Mar-14

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Northland Emergency Services Trust build their own S76 simulator

Northland Emergency Services Trust build their own S76 simulator

The state of the art machine, located at Whangarei airport, is made using the cockpit and fuselage of a Sikorsky S-76A helicopter and is powered by five computers.  See full story

Source: NZ Herald, 13-Mar-14

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New Zealand CAA investigate drone operator after video posted on YouTube

New Zealand CAA investigate drone operator after video posted on YouTube

Adam Crouchley, of Dori Media, is under Civil Aviation Authority investigation after Hamilton police received complaints that his 3 minutes and 20 second long video on YouTube broke the law, aparently due to night flying shots.  See full news story  See edited version of YouTube video.  See Adam Crouchley’s blog

Source: Waikoto TImes, 10-Mar-14

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Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust heads to court over its funding

Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust heads to court over its funding

The trust is challenging a decision by the Auckland Council-controlled Regional Amenities Funding Board to cut its funding by $750,000 over two years.  See full story

Source: News Talk ZB, 02-Mar-14

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20-Feb-14 Clevedon, New Zealand

Crashed on training flight out of nearby Ardmore Airport

20-Feb-14

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Alpine Adventures and Heliworks launch new Queenstown heli-hike tour

Alpine Adventures and Heliworks launch new Queenstown heli-hike tour

Leading Queenstown helicopter company, Heliworks, and luxury private guiding company, Alpine Adventures, have launched an exclusive soft adventure tour aimed at the growing Queenstown luxury travel market. The new Middle Waterfalls heli-hike tour offers exclusive access to one of the most dramatic locations featured in the blockbuster movie, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” Heliworks Queenstown Helicopters were contracted… Read more »

Source: Alpine Adventures, 16-Feb-14

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New Zealand has fast-expanding Cabri fleet

New Zealand has fast-expanding Cabri fleet

In the last few weeks three more Guimbal G2 Cabri helicopters have arrived in New Zealand.  This includes a new build serial 1057 from the factory in France, which will become the fifth helicopter in the country to fly with the registration ZK-HCS.  [The previous “HCS” was a Cabri now re-registered to ZK-ICS.  Ed] Meanwhile… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Jan-14

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King Country Energy to sponsor Westpac Rescue Helicopter

King Country Energy to sponsor Westpac Rescue Helicopter

Electricity generator and retailer, King Country Energy (KCE), has entered into a major associate sponsorship with charitable organisation Philips Search & Rescue Trust. The trust provides dedicated air ambulance and rescue services throughout the Central North Island of New Zealand. KCE’s sponsorship will specifically contribute to operational costs of the Hamilton-based Westpac Rescue Helicopter that services the… Read more »

Source: KCE, 26-Jan-14

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ADAC sells complete BK117B2 fleet of 14 aircraft

ADAC sells complete BK117B2 fleet of 14 aircraft

Global niche helicopter operator and maintenance specialist Airwork NZ is expanding into Europe through a contract with Germany’s largest motoring organisation, The General German Automobile Club (ADAC). Based in Munich, ADAC is one of Europe’s largest operators of helicopters for emergency air rescue services which are among the range of mobility services provided to its… Read more »

Source: Airwork, 10-Jan-14

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09-Jan-14 Eurocopter AS350 Richardson Glacier, New Zealand

Fell onto its side in landing on snow

09-Jan-14

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Grant halved for Westpac Rescue Helicopter Trust

Grant halved for Westpac Rescue Helicopter Trust

Westpac Rescue Helicopter Trust chief executive Murray Bolton is furious the Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Board will give the trust $450,000 to operate next year – down from $900,000 this year and well short of the $1.5 million the trust sought  See full story

Source: NZ Herald, 15-Dec-13

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15-Dec-13 Hughes 500D Glade Burn, New Zealand (1F)

A Hughes 500 helicopter flying between the Greenstone Valley and Dumpling Hut crashed at Glade Burn in steep and rugged terrain in poor weather.   Police confirmed that sole occupant pilot Bruce Andrews died in the accident

15-Dec-13

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11-Dec-13 Robinson R22 Mt Percy, New Zealand (1F)

Low level spraying accident.  Helicopter burst into flames on impact.  Pilot named as David Stanley Jones

11-Dec-13

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New Zealand – New corporate helicopter facility at Hamilton Airport

New Zealand – New corporate helicopter facility at Hamilton Airport

Construction of the purpose-built corporate aviation facility in close proximity to the airport terminal building will commence in January.   See full story

Source: Yahoo NZ, 10-Dec-13

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New Zealand compensated for NH90 delays

New Zealand compensated for NH90 delays

The NZ Herald is saying that NH Industries are compensating New Zealand for late deliveries of their NH90 fleet.  A total of 8 operational and 1 spare aircraft are being procured, with delivery of the last example expected to arrive 34 months late  See full story

Source: NZ Herald, 09-Dec-13

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Eight NZ operators join to launch National Helicopter Pass

Seeing New Zealand from above is a one of the best ways to view its stunning scenery and New Zealand has a superb range of scenic flights available nationwide. A group of like minded helicopter tourism operators have worked together to form a Nationwide Helicopter Experience Pass. Initiated and managed by the team at Heliview Flights in… Read more »

Source: Salt AIr, 06-Dec-13

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New Zealand – Airwork confirms IPO seeking $40M

New Zealand – Airwork confirms IPO seeking $40M

Specialist aviation solutions provider Airwork Holdings Limited (Airwork) has registered a prospectus to raise up to $40 million and to seek a listing on the NZX Main Board. The Offer will comprise a maximum 15,384,616 new shares at $2.60 per share to New Zealand resident clients of brokers and to Institutional Investors. There will be… Read more »

Source: Airwork, 21-Nov-13

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New Zealand – Airwork tipped for stock market listing

New Zealand – Airwork tipped for stock market listing

Auckland aviation business Airwork is being tipped to announce plans to list on the share market on Wednesday 20th November.  See full story From its website, Airwork describes itself thus:- Airwork began its operations out of Wellington in 1936 and over the past 76 years the company has adapted to meet this constantly evolving aviation… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Nov-13

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NZ – New Chairman appointed at Northland Emergency Services Trust

NZ – New Chairman appointed at Northland Emergency Services Trust

Appointment follows the resignation of founding head John Bain Bain , whose commitment to NEST extends 25 years, where he was an instrumental part in establishing the dedicated rescue helicopter service for people in Northland.  See full story

18-Nov-13

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14-Nov-13 ZK-HJL Schweizer 300C Te Kauwhata, New Zealand

During a tea tree spray operation in a gully, helicopter turned into a wire, 20-30 ft. AGL. Pilot was aware of the wire.  NZ occurrence ref 13/5709

14-Nov-13

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