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Babcock Spain goes live with EFB from Web Manuals

Babcock Spain goes live with EFB from Web Manuals

19-Apr-2021Source: Babcock

At Babcock Spain, operational excellence and the safety of our operations are our priority. Our Operations team has been working intensively for several months on the EFB (Electronic Flight Bag) Project whose main objective is to replace the physical documentation of aircraft with a digital format and provide tools that help us to carry out... Read more

Babcock considers selling aerial emergency services businesses

Babcock considers selling aerial emergency services businesses

14-Apr-2021

In a detailed press release under the brief title of “Business Update”, Babcock International Group not only reaffirmed the sale of their offshore business, but also indicated that all aerial emergency services businesses are under review.  The company admitted that the Avincis acquisition in 2014 has not delivered shareholder value with low returns on high... Read more

Airbus Helicopters adds logistics centre in Spain

Airbus Helicopters adds logistics centre in Spain

16-Feb-2021Source: Albacete Aeronautical and Logistics Park

The mayor of Albacete, Vicente Casañ, has stated that when the administrations “work together, the citizens win” and with the signature of the protocols that will materialize the installation of the Airbus Helicopters logistics HUB in the Albacete Aeronautical and Logistics Park ( PALA), “Castilla-La Mancha wins and Albacete wins, today we grow and become... Read more

The Aviation Centre offers solution for UK pilots flying in post-Brexit Europe

The Aviation Centre offers solution for UK pilots flying in post-Brexit Europe

14-Feb-2021Source: The Aviation Centre

When the Brexit transition period ended on 31 December 2020, the UK ceased to form part of the EU Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). This left UK-licensed pilots in the frustrating position of only being able to fly UK-registered aircraft. Mallorca’s The Aviation Centre has the solution. “Although the Civil Aviation Authority will now assume all... Read more

Indra to upgrade Spanish CH-47 simulators

Indra to upgrade Spanish CH-47 simulators

6-Jan-2021Source: Indra

Indra will be upgrading the Chinook CH-47F helicopter simulation system, consisting of an FMS (Full Mission Simulator), the FTD (Flight Training Device) and the CBTs (Computer Based Trainer) at the Helicopter Simulation Center (CESIHEL) of the Armed Forces Flight Academy (ACAVIET), located at the Colmenar Viejo Base, to ensure Spanish pilots receive training at the... Read more

Indra delivers the second NH90 simulator to the Spanish Armed Forces

Indra delivers the second NH90 simulator to the Spanish Armed Forces

22-Dec-2020Source: Indra

Indra delivered the latest FMS (Full Mission Simulator) on November 23 to the NH90 Simulator Center, which has been in operation at the Spanish Army’s Aviation Academy (ACAVIET) CESIHEL Center, at the Agoncillo military base in La Rioja. With this delivery, Indra positions itself as one of the few companies that offers training solutions for... Read more

ITP Aero signs contract to provide engine MRO for CHC S92 and AW189

ITP Aero signs contract to provide engine MRO for CHC S92 and AW189

7-Dec-2020Source: ITP Aero

ITP Aero has signed a contract with CHC Helicopter to provide comprehensive support for its fleet of CT7-8A and CT7-2E1 engines that are flown in its Sikorsky S-92 and Leonardo AW189 helicopters. The contract spans five years and work will be carried out at ITP Aero’s Albacete and Ajalvir facilities in Spain. The contract includes... Read more

Babock re-launches scheduled services in Spain with AW139

Babock re-launches scheduled services in Spain with AW139

27-Oct-2020Source: HeliHub.com

Babock Mission Critical Services Espana has launched a new service to rival Helity, who have had no competition to date. With an initial route between Malaga and Ceuta, the AW139 will fly six return routes every weekday. Babaock has created the new branding of HeliEST for these passenger services. Ceuta is a Spanish autonomous city... Read more

Spanish operator Helity adds new scheduled route

Spanish operator Helity adds new scheduled route

22-Oct-2020Source: HeliHub.com

Spanish operator Helity, which specialises in scheduled passenger operations, is to start a new route. Launching to the public on Monday 30th October, the airline will link the holiday resort of Malaga to the British territory of Gibraltar. This route and its schedules have been designed to facilitate connectivity between this city and Malaga in... Read more

First NH90 delivered to the Spanish Air Force for SAR missions

First NH90 delivered to the Spanish Air Force for SAR missions

15-Oct-2020Source: Airbus Helicopters

NHIndustries and its Partner Companies (Airbus Helicopters, Leonardo and Fokker) have delivered the first NH90 to the Spanish Air Force that will boost their search and rescue (SAR) and combat search and rescue (CSAR) mission capabilities. The Spanish Air Force will receive 12 NH90s intended to replace its aging fleet of AS332 Super Pumas and... Read more

COVID-19 – Helity suspends all three scheduled routes

COVID-19 – Helity suspends all three scheduled routes

17-Mar-2020Source: HeliHub.com

Following a Royal Decree in Spain, Helity has been forced to suspend operations for all flights for the time being. The company will continue maintance provision, and their helicopters will be available to the authorities as required. They have even said their email is closed too, which seems unexpected in today’s connected world. Helity runs... Read more

Spain receives NH90 simulator from Indra

Spain receives NH90 simulator from Indra

4-Nov-2019Source: Indra

Indra, one of the leading multinational technology and consulting companies, has delivered the most advanced helicopter flight simulator in Europe to the Spanish Army. It is the NH90 training system, which contributes to the training of pilots of the three army corps and has been installed at the Héroes del Revellín base in Agoncillo (La... Read more

Boeing to upgrade Spanish Chinook fleet

Boeing to upgrade Spanish Chinook fleet

4-Jan-2019Source: Boeing

Boeing [NYSE: BA] will upgrade all 17 of Spain’s CH-47D Chinook helicopters to the F-model configuration, adding features such as the digital automatic flight control system, common avionics architecture system and advanced cargo handling to align that country’s fleet with those of other nations. This is the first order from a non-U.S. customer placed through... Read more

SENER and Babcock deliver 6th Spanish Navy upgraded AB212

SENER and Babcock deliver 6th Spanish Navy upgraded AB212

2-Nov-2018Source: SENER

SENER and Babcock have delivered the sixth helicopter to successfully complete its life extension program (PEVH in its Spanish acronym) to the Spanish Defence Ministry’s General Armaments and Materials Department (DGAM in its Spanish acronym). Thanks to this program, seven Spanish Navy AB-212 helicopters that became operational in 1974 will have their useful life extended... Read more

Airbus H225s finding new homes onshore

Airbus H225s finding new homes onshore

26-Jun-2018Source: HeliHub.com

It is a widely held view that the H225 (and AS332L2) has no future in the offshore oil and gas market after a “perfect storm” of two key factors which grounded the type from civilian operations worldwide.  HeliHub.com estimates 126 H225s and AS332L2s are currently in storage around the world, as well as eight Sikorsky... Read more

Spain – CH-47F Aircraft

Spain – CH-47F Aircraft

5-Apr-2018Source: DSCA

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Spain of CH-47F aircraft for an estimated cost of $1.3 billion.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Spain has requested to buy seventeen (17) CH-47F cargo helicopters with... Read more

Faasa Aviation wins 12 month extension to firefighting contract in Andalucia

Faasa Aviation wins 12 month extension to firefighting contract in Andalucia

2-Jan-2018Source: Andalucia Government

(Electronic translation) The Governing Council has authorized the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning an expense of 14.57 million euros for the extension , for one year, of the hiring of helicopters for the fight against forest fires , with the company Faasa aviation . This lot, whose validity ends next December 31, is one... Read more

Airbus celebrates 10 years of Spanish plant in Albacete

Airbus celebrates 10 years of Spanish plant in Albacete

30-Nov-2017Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters celebrated the tenth anniversary of its Albacete factory, underlining the essential role that the Spanish plant will play as part of the company’s new industrial strategy. The same day, a ceremony was presided in Albacete by the Spanish Minister of Defense, Maria Dolores de Cospedal, who took the opportunity to sign the handover... Read more

Thales Europavia JV wins Spanish Army helicopter contract

Thales Europavia JV wins Spanish Army helicopter contract

2-May-2017Source: Thales

Spanish Army has awarded the joint venture Thales Programas and Europavia a contract for the maintenance of the communications and electronics systems of the helicopters until 2019. The service has a budget of 1.5 million euros and contemplates the possibility of an extension of the contract until 2020. The service awarded to the joint venture... Read more

Bell Helicopter and TRU Meet Milestones Marking BTA-Valencia Completion

Bell Helicopter and TRU Meet Milestones Marking BTA-Valencia Completion

27-Feb-2017Source: Bell Helicopter

Bell Helicopter and TRU Simulation + Training Inc., both Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) companies, announced today that the Bell Helicopter Training Academy (BTA) in Valencia, Spain, along with its Bell 429 full flight simulator (FFS), have been certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). These certification milestones mark the official completion of the training facility. BTA-Valencia was... Read more

NH90 Program Passes Major Milestone with Delivery of 300th Production Helicopter

NH90 Program Passes Major Milestone with Delivery of 300th Production Helicopter

20-Dec-2016Source: NHI

NH Industries is proud to announce the delivery of the 300th NH90 production helicopter to the Spanish Armed Forces on Thursday, December 15. Assembled at the Airbus Helicopters Spanish final assembly line at Albacete, the aircraft will be operated by the Spanish Army’s aviation branch, Fuerzas Aeromóviles del Ejército de Tierra (FAMET). “Delivering the 300th... Read more

Spain Questions Israel about Drone

Spain Questions Israel about Drone

5-Dec-2016Source: HeliHub.com

Israel is currently under questioning as to why they gave a Spanish-made helicopter drone to the Russian Prime Minister. The drone, which is used for agricultural use, costs $53, 000 and is seen as sensitive technology, which Spain prohibits the exportation of to certain countries. As reported by BBC News, the drone was fitted with... Read more

Bell and TRU Simulation prepare to open in Spain

Bell and TRU Simulation prepare to open in Spain

17-Oct-2016Source: Bell Helicopter

Bell Helicopter and TRU Simulation + Training Inc., both Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) companies, today announced new updates in their continued progress with their training center in Valencia, Spain – continuing to meet commitments to bring a regional training solution to Europe. The Bell Helicopter Training Academy (BTA) – Valencia, Powered by TRU Simulation + Training is designed... Read more

Dart Aerospace expands European network

Dart Aerospace expands European network

12-Oct-2016Source: DART Aerospace

DART Aerospace expands its Approved Maintenance Center (AMC) network to Europe offering competitive aftermarket solutions. DART will hold a cocktail to celebrate the launch of this network expansion during Helitech International on booth 12C60, Tuesday October 11th at 15:00.  You are invited! Helicopter operators and private owners in this region now have the option to... Read more

Spanish Army receives first two NH90

Spanish Army receives first two NH90

16-Sep-2016Source: Airbus Helicopters

Madrid, Today, the Directorate General of Armament and Equipment (DGAM) completed the transfer of the first two NH90 tactical transport helicopters from the Airbus Helicopters plant in Albacete to the Spanish Army. The handover was made at the Coronel Maté Air Base in Colmenar Viejo, the headquarter of the Spanish Army Airmobile Force (FAMET) and... Read more

Bell renames Spanish training facility

Bell renames Spanish training facility

20-Jul-2016Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter and TRU Simulation + Training Inc., both Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) companies, today announced the official name of their training center in Valencia, Spain: “Bell Helicopter Training Academy (BTA) – Valencia, Powered by TRU Simulation + Training.” BTA – Valencia is designed to serve the training needs of European customers, beginning with pilot... Read more

Coptering adds second Cabri G2 to cope with training demand

Coptering adds second Cabri G2 to cope with training demand

26-May-2016Source: HeliHub.com

Spanish training school Coptering SA has added a second Cabri G2 helicopter to their training school at Sabadell Airport in Barcelona to cope with an increase in demand.  Company owner Daniel Carrillo flew the new helicopter – serial 1145 – back from the Helicoptères Guimbal factory in southern France in recent days.  Coptering is also... Read more

SENER delivers second upgraded AB212 to Spanish military

SENER delivers second upgraded AB212 to Spanish military

4-Apr-2016Source: SENER

In the framework of the FIDAE International Air & Space Fair, the SENER engineering and technology group announced the recent delivery of the second Agusta Bell helicopter 212 (AB212) to the Spanish Ministry of Defense’s DGAM (Directorate General of Armament and Material). This is part of a modernization project that SENER is carrying out in... Read more

Spain – Galicia air ambulance flying hours cut

Spain – Galicia air ambulance flying hours cut

22-Mar-2016Source: HeliHub.com

The government of the state of Galicia is reported to have cut flying hours for EMS helicopters in an apparent cost-cutting exercise, according to the locally based 20Minutos, among others. Traditionally, two helicopters have operated in daylight hours for the last 25 years, which gives at least 15 flying hours in mid-summer. However, it has... Read more

Spanish Police seize two Alouettes, 615kg of drugs and 20 suspects

Spanish Police seize two Alouettes, 615kg of drugs and 20 suspects

15-Jan-2016Source: Guardia Civil

[electronic translation] The Civil Guard, under the hemming operation, has been arrested in the provinces of Seville, Malaga and Cadiz to 20 members of a criminal, perfectly structured and hierarchical organization dedicated to introducing hashish in Spain from Morocco by air. Altogether they have seized 615 kilos of hashish hidden in a helicopter were from... Read more

ITP signs three year contract to maintain Spanish Guardia Civil engines

ITP signs three year contract to maintain Spanish Guardia Civil engines

7-Jan-2016Source: ITP

ITP has signed a contract with the Civil Guard to provide maintenance services, supply spare parts and provide technical assistance for the Civil Guard Air Service’s aircraft engines. Valued at about 9 million euros, the contract, which will function under a PbH (Power-by-the-Hour) technical support scheme, will have a term of 3 years from its... Read more

Spanish Police impound three helicopters and pilots on drug smuggling allegations

Spanish Police impound three helicopters and pilots on drug smuggling allegations

27-Oct-2015Source: HeliHub.com

Spanish Police have recently announced that they impounded three helicopters in the last year which they believe have been used in drug smuggling operations between Morocco and Spain – photos of two of these are shown below.  They believe they have broken two criminal organisations, and arrested a total of 15 and seized 810kg of... Read more

10-Sep-15 HU.27-02 Airbus AS532UL Requena, Spain

10-Sep-15 HU.27-02 Airbus AS532UL Requena, Spain

10-Sep-2015

Training flight.  Helicopter ended up on its side with main blades and tail boom ripped off.  Three POB all safe with minimal injuries.... Read more

DART Aerospace and Heliswiss Iberica – expanding in Europe

DART Aerospace and Heliswiss Iberica – expanding in Europe

3-Jul-2015Source: Dart

DART Aerospace and Heliswiss Iberica (HWS), aiming to reinforce their presence and expand their coverage in Europe, proudly announce the appointment of three new sales managers fully dedicated to European customers and confirm commitment to increase local sales presence, customer support and parts inventory. Joining DART’s team, Mr. Adrien Dillard,Regional Sales Manager – Europe, will... Read more

Russian helicopters boost European fire defences

Russian helicopters boost European fire defences

18-Jun-2015Source: Russian Helicopters

Rotorcrafts produced by Russian Helicopters (part of State Corporation Rostec) are actively involved in fire-fighting operations in Spain, Portugal, and other countries within Europe. The multirole Ka-32A11BC is the only coaxial helicopter capable of reaching the scene of the blaze in record time and delivering about 5 tonnes of water to extinguish the fire. The... Read more

Spain – Coptering acquires second Cabri

Spain – Coptering acquires second Cabri

16-Jun-2015Source: HeliHub.com

Spanish dealer for Helicoptères Guimbal, Coptering SA, now operates two G2 Cabri helicopters from its base at Barcelona’s Sabadell Airport. After purchasing a new G2 msn 1080, which the operator received in October 2014, they have now bought one of the high-time aircraft from Swedish operator Northern Helicopters.  The latter had already decided to dispose... Read more

04-Apr-15 EC-KIR PZL W3 Fernán Pérez, Spain

04-Apr-15 EC-KIR PZL W3 Fernán Pérez, Spain

4-Apr-2015

Date refers to the date that the wreck of this helicopter was found abandoned, and thus the accident could have happened earlier.  Helicopter found having crashed onto its starboard side with tail rotor separated. No marks on the ground around, and relatively light damage to cabin and cockpit area suggests either take-0ff or landing issue. ... Read more

26-Mar-15 EC-KYJ Airbus AS355N Montmelo, Spain

26-Mar-15 EC-KYJ Airbus AS355N Montmelo, Spain

26-Mar-2015

After engine failure indication the pilot decided to land in the heliport of the Montmelo motor racing circuit. During approach there was an explosion of the engine, provoking the power turbine and exhaust nozzle to detach. Important damage to the engine and the exhaust nozzle.... Read more

Health professionals gather at INAER to learn about airborne medical assistance

Health professionals gather at INAER to learn about airborne medical assistance

10-Mar-2015Source: INAER

After ten successful editions of the HEMS Course held by INAER España in collaboration with the Nursing Department at Alicante University, this year’s course content and scope of the subjects have been expanded to create the first HEMS Specialist and Airborne Medical Assistance Course, entitled in Spanish I Curso de Especialista HEMS y Asistencia Médica... Read more

INAER wins firefighting contract with four Bell 412s

INAER wins firefighting contract with four Bell 412s

9-Mar-2015Source: INAER

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and the Environment (Magrama) awarded contracts to INAER for four of the five helicopters providing firefighting, surveillance and forest fire coordination services for the 2015 winter-spring season. This service will remain active during the months of March, April and part of May. The aircraft resources for this new contract include... Read more

Indra to supply EC135 simulator to Spanish Army in €14.4m contract

Indra to supply EC135 simulator to Spanish Army in €14.4m contract

13-Feb-2015Source: Indra

The Arms and Materials General Board (DGAM) for the Spanish Ministry of Defense has chosen Indra to provide an integrated training system for the EC135 helicopter; this project will be worth €14.4m. This system is comprised of the following: level D mission simulator, which reproduces aircraft flight behavior accurately; simulation support systems; and a computer-assisted... Read more

INAER EMS pilot fails breath test

INAER EMS pilot fails breath test

12-Feb-2015Source: HeliHub.com

Various Spanish websites including ABC, Efe and ELDiA  are reporting that an EMS pilot based at Tenerife Sur airport (=Reina Sofia Airport) has failed a breath test.  INAER, who have a zero tolerance approach to the taking of drugs or alcohol, called the Guardia Civil to conduct the breathalyser test, and the pilot reportedly showed positive... Read more

28-Jan-15 Eurocopter Bo105 Cortes de la Frontera, Spain (2F)

28-Jan-15 Eurocopter Bo105 Cortes de la Frontera, Spain (2F)

27-Jan-2015

Crashed killing both on board after hitting powerlines at night.  Helicopter was carrying 800-900 kg of hashish and on an illegal (unbooked with air traffic) flight.  One of those on board was from the Albanian Air Force. Photos show a Bo105 in dark camouflage colours... Read more

Avincis rebrands as Babcock

Avincis rebrands as Babcock

15-Jan-2015Source: Babcock

Following the acquisition of Avincis Group (Avincis) by Babcock International Group PLC (the Group) in May 2014, the process to integrate the business into the Group has progressed well and it is therefore appropriate to reflect this by taking the Babcock name. Avincis will therefore now become Babcock Mission Critical Services (Babcock). The local companies... Read more

Guimbal Cabri arrives in Spain

Guimbal Cabri arrives in Spain

13-Nov-2014Source: HeliHub.com

The Spanish representative for Helicopteres Guimbal has received their first G2 Cabri, serial 1080 off the production line in Aix, France.  Coptering SA has previously operated a Robinson R22 for training, and the Cabri is an additional aircraft in their fleet.  Maintenance support is being provided by local company Heliswiss Iberica. Their all-white aircraft, complete... 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

INAER Spain’s “Gigante 3” completes 197 missions in first half of 2014

INAER Spain’s “Gigante 3” completes 197 missions in first half of 2014

15-Sep-2014Source: INAER

[electronic translation] The city of Cuenca’s medical helicopters, operated by a crew from INAER Spain (INAER), has completed 197 missions during the first half of the year. 84% of the missions related to health problems (including heart attacks, strokes and respiratory problems), and 16% related to traumas (such as traffic accidents and work injuries). The... Read more

24-Aug-14 HU.15-90 Airbus Bo105CBS-4 Marana, Spain (3F)

24-Aug-14 HU.15-90 Airbus Bo105CBS-4 Marana, Spain (3F)

24-Aug-2014

Blades struck mountain side during rescue operation of a climber, causing helicopter to crash.  All three on board killed, named as Captain Emilio Pérez Peláez Lieutenient Marcos Antonio Benito Rodríguez José Martínez Conejo (Mountain specialist) The helicopter is officially serialled HU.15-90.  It also carried the Guardia Civil code 09-118 See also Guardia Civil tribute video... Read more

Cantabria renews emergency service contract with INAER

Cantabria renews emergency service contract with INAER

14-Aug-2014Source: Babcock

Babcock announces that INAER Spain (INAER), part of Avincis,  has been awarded a further four-year £5 million contract to provide helicopter transport for search and rescue operations and other civil defence missions by the local government of Cantabria, Spain. INAER will operate a 24 hour service from Santander Airport using Bell 412 helicopter. The helicopters... Read more

Spain – Cantabria renews SAR contract with INAER

Spain – Cantabria renews SAR contract with INAER

11-Aug-2014Source: INAER

The Government of Cantabria Spain INAER been renewed with the shuttle by helicopter for search and rescue operations, emergency medical services and other work of civil protection. This contract has a value of 6.35 million euros and a duration of four years. INAER Spain will continue to operate the Bell 412EP helicopter base located in Santander... Read more

Spanish operator FAASA becomes approved training organisation

Spanish operator FAASA becomes approved training organisation

9-Jun-2014Source: FAASA

[electronic translation] The Spanish Agency for Aviation, EASA Safety Certified last April Pilot School Business Group, FAASA. Approval as ATO (Approved Training Organization) E-ATO-107, allows the center to accommodate the rules of formation flight training organizations referred to in the European legislation Jar – FCL. This approval allows the Centre to continue its offering training for helicopter... Read more

Spain – Campillos heliport work progressing

Spain – Campillos heliport work progressing

27-May-2014Source: Euro Weekly News

The Junta de Andalucia is progressing with the construction of a heliport in Campillos which aims to improve health care in Malaga province.  See full story... Read more

INAER to deploy 71 helicopters for Spanish firefighting season

INAER to deploy 71 helicopters for Spanish firefighting season

26-May-2014Source: INAER

INAER Spain (INAER), one of the country’s leading emergency service providers, is preparing for this year’s firefighting season, which experts believe will be especially tough due to the lack of rainfall recorded in much of the country during the winter. In the south east in particular, the Mediterranean terrain and vegetation are extremely dry, carrying... Read more

24-May-14 Robinson R44 Casares, Spain (1F)

24-May-14 Robinson R44 Casares, Spain (1F)

24-May-2014

Contacted powerlines and crashed, killing sole occupant pilot.  Post crash fire.  Helicopter apparently Swiss registered judging by flag on tail in this image   Based on the colour scheme it could be one of HB-ZJK (12182), HB-ZPE (12862), HB-ZSA (10365), HB-ZSC (13426) – although it is also possible that an R44 previously flown in Switzerland (and... Read more

Guimbal appoints dealer in Spain

Guimbal appoints dealer in Spain

30-Apr-2014Source: HeliHub.com

Helicoptères Guimbal has recently appointed a dealer for Spain.  Coptering SL will be based at Barcelona’s Sabadell Airport, and is currently working with EASA in Spain on their plans for a Approved Training Organisation based there.  The company is working on their website, and a currently has a strong image-based holding page at www.coptering.com Coptering expects... Read more

US Marine Corps Ospreys change command in Spain

US Marine Corps Ospreys change command in Spain

30-Apr-2014Source: USMC

Marines, sailors, and distinguished visitors gathered together aboard Moron Air Base, Spain, to observe Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 162 receive a new commander during a change-of-command ceremony, April 26, 2014. Lieutenant Colonel Brian T. Koch took command of VMM-162 from Lt. Col. Robert A. Freeland. The squadron from Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C.,... Read more

All regulatory hurdles cleared for Avincis sale to Babcock

All regulatory hurdles cleared for Avincis sale to Babcock

27-Apr-2014Source: Avincis Group

Babcock International Group PLC (“Babcock”), the UK’s leading engineering support services company, announced today it has received approvals from the Spanish Council of the National Markets and Competition Commission and the Portuguese Competition Authority in respect of the acquisition of the Avincis Group. All conditions to completion of such acquisition have therefore been satisfied. Completion... Read more

Spain – AESA reiterates ban on Unmanned Aircraft

Spain – AESA reiterates ban on Unmanned Aircraft

10-Apr-2014Source: HeliHub.com

Spanish safety agency AESA (Agencia Estatal de Seguridad Aerea) has issued a notice in local language which clearly states that unmanned aircraft for civilian use are banned in Spanish airspace.  Military UAVs are exempt, but only in nominated segregated airspace. In particular, AESA notes “It is not permitted, and never has been, to use remotely-piloted commercial... Read more

Spain – Marbella plans heliport

Spain – Marbella plans heliport

1-Apr-2014Source: SUR

The future heliport of El Pinillo will have four helipads and has planned operating hours from 7am to 7pm.  See full story... Read more

19-Mar-14 HD.21-10 Eurocopter AS332B Morro Jable, Spain (4F)

19-Mar-14 HD.21-10 Eurocopter AS332B Morro Jable, Spain (4F)

19-Mar-2014

Military SAR helicopter crashed into the water off the Canary Islands at 2155 CET on night training flight.  One rescued, four later confirmed dead when the helicopter was located under water.... Read more

INAER Spain joins with University of Alicante for R&D

INAER Spain joins with University of Alicante for R&D

11-Mar-2014Source: INAER

This week, the University of Alicante (UA), the Alicante Science Park Foundation and INAER Spain (INAER) signed two agreements that will strengthen their collaborations in innovation, development and training. The signing ceremony, held at the rectory office, was attended by the rector of UA, Manuel Palomar, as well as the president of the Science Park... Read more

US Marines, Spanish pilots conduct bilateral carrier landings

US Marines, Spanish pilots conduct bilateral carrier landings

5-Mar-2014Source: US Marine Corps

As part of a larger effort to increase international cooperation, U.S. Marines with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response conducted a bilateral carrier qualification with their Spanish counterparts from Maneuver Helicopter Battalion #4 (BHELMA IV) aboard USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44), Feb. 25, 2014. The carrier qualification gave the pilots from SP-MAGTF Crisis Response... Read more

24-Feb-14 EC-FTX Eurocopter AS355N Casarrubios del Monte, Spain

24-Feb-14 EC-FTX Eurocopter AS355N Casarrubios del Monte, Spain

24-Feb-2014

Helicopter landed heavily and fell onto port side during training operation.  Extensively damaged (see photo) including tail boom sliced and frontal impact damage.  Two minor injuries... Read more

Spain – Nerja helipad given green light

Spain – Nerja helipad given green light

23-Feb-2014Source: Olive Press

A helipad close to the town’s health centre has been given approval in the southern Spanish town of Nerja, some 25 miles east of Malaga... Read more

Spain – 50 medics on HEMS Medical Staff Qualification course

Spain – 50 medics on HEMS Medical Staff Qualification course

21-Feb-2014Source: INAER Spain

More than 50 doctors and nurses from all over Spain will gather for the “HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical Services) Medical Staff Qualification” course, organised by INAER in collaboration with the University of Alicante. The course, which will take place from the 20th – 23rd February, is designed to train medical professionals for emergencies which involve... Read more

Spanish Traffic Dept orders four AS355NP and three EC135

Spanish Traffic Dept orders four AS355NP and three EC135

17-Feb-2014Source: Airbus

Airbus Helicopters has signed a contract with the Spanish Traffic Department to supply a total of seven helicopters: four AS355NP Ecureuils and three EC135s, with the latter aircraft to be operated by Spain’s National Police Force. Delivery will begin in 2014 with one EC135 and one AS355NP and will be completed in 2016. Spain’s Traffic... Read more

INAER to provide AW139 to support Gaviota platform Enagas

INAER to provide AW139 to support Gaviota platform Enagas

30-Jan-2014Source: INAER Spain

INAER Spain (INAER), a leading provider of aerial emergency services, has been awarded a one-year contract to transport personnel, goods and supplies to the Gaviota underground gas storage platform, operated by Enagás. The company will operate an Agusta Westland AW139 helicopter, which can accommodate 15 passengers, and will schedule flights for crew changes on the... Read more

INAER Spain renews Balearic EMS contract with Bell 412

INAER Spain renews Balearic EMS contract with Bell 412

22-Jan-2014Source: Avincis Group

INAER Spain (INAER), a leading provider of emergency aerial services and aircraft maintenance has been awarded the air ambulance contract for the Balearic Islands through public tender. The new contract will strengthen INAER’s partnership with IB-Salut, for whom it has provided aerial emergency services since 2000. The contract will last for two years with the... Read more

Spain becomes worlds leading military EC135 operator

Spain becomes worlds leading military EC135 operator

16-Jan-2014Source: Airbus Helicopters

Spanish Ministry of Defense Becomes the World’s Leading Operator of the Airbus Helicopters’ EC135 Helicopter for military use Airbus Helicopters’ factory in Spain provided the setting early this week for the delivery of the two EC135 helicopters to the Spanish Army Airmobile Force (FAMET). The aircraft were the first to be delivered as part of... Read more

INAER wins four-year Madrid EMS contract with AW109 and Bell 412

INAER wins four-year Madrid EMS contract with AW109 and Bell 412

14-Jan-2014Source: Avincis Group

The Emergency Medical Service of Madrid, SUMMA 112, has awarded the air ambulance contract for Madrid to INAER Spain (INAER) through a public tender. The company will operate two medical helicopters under a four year contract with an option for a two year extension. The helicopters are an Agusta Westland 109 and a Bell 412EP,... Read more

INAER Spain wins contract to maintain Spanish military AB212 fleet

INAER Spain wins contract to maintain Spanish military AB212 fleet

2-Jan-2014Source: INAER

INAER Spain will take over the maintenance of the Armed Forces’ fleet of AB 212 helicopters. The contract was awarded through a public competition by the Nato Support Agency (NSPA) and will last three years with the option of a two year extension. INAER has already taken delivery of the first AB 212 at its... Read more

INAER flies first upgraded Spanish Navy AB212

INAER flies first upgraded Spanish Navy AB212

20-Dec-2013Source: Avincis

The helicopter used as prototype in the AB212 Helicopter Life Extension Program of the Spanish Navy (PEVH-AB212) took to the air for its first test flight. This milestone caps off more than three years of concept development, led by the Spanish Navy, with the resulting project being awarded at the end of 2011 to the... Read more

Helipad approved for luxury Mallorca marina

Helipad approved for luxury Mallorca marina

9-Dec-2013Source: HeliHub.com

Local press is reporting that Port Adriano, a luxury marina on the southwest corner of Mallorca, has had a helipad approved.  Radio One Mallorca says that the Balearic Environmental Commission approved it after a lengthy viability and environmental impact study.  Approval for the elevated helipad was helped by being on the coast and having clear approach... Read more

INAER Spain to operate nine firefighting helicopters in Extremadura

INAER Spain to operate nine firefighting helicopters in Extremadura

26-Nov-2013Source: INAER

INAER Spain, global leader in emergency services, has been awarded a new contract to operate aerial firefighting services in the Region of Extremadura after the local Government issued a public tender. The company will provide fire fighting, surveillance and coordination services. Under the terms of the new contract, INAER Spain will operate nine helicopters,  including... Read more

Babcock looks to take over Avincis in £1.5 Billion deal

Babcock looks to take over Avincis in £1.5 Billion deal

24-Nov-2013Source: Sunday Times

Engineering company Babcock International – who run Devonport and Rosyth military dockyards in the UK – is in advanced talks on a blockbuster £1.5bn takeover of Avincis Group.  See story ... Read more

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