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04-Aug-13 EC-KIE Eurocopter AS350B3 Pallares, Spain

Firefighting helicopter.  Ended up on its starboard side with little apparent vertical impact (=roll-over?).  2 POB, 1 with minor injuries, 1 uninjured

04-Aug-13

First Spanish-assembled Tiger makes first flight

First Spanish-assembled Tiger makes first flight

This is an important achievement for both the Tiger program and for Eurocopter Spain,” said Juan Luis Cordero, the Eurocopter Tiger program manager in Spain. “The assembly of this helicopter was made possible thanks to a significant investment in both industrial and human resources and also to the close coordination with other entities in the… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 01-Aug-13

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INAER forms Spain’s first all-woman EMS helicopter crew

INAER forms Spain’s first all-woman EMS helicopter crew

The Malpartida medical base in Cáceres, operated by INAER Spain is now the home of Spain’s first all-woman medical helicopter crew. The crew is made up of pilot Beatriz Parera, medic Gloria Palacios and Salobrar Sánchez and Rocio Ramos from the Extramadura Health Service, and uses a Eurocopter EC135. “The gender of the crew doesn’t… Read more »

Source: INAER, 31-Jul-13

Sloane Helicopters launches Ibiza-based service

Sloane Helicopters launches Ibiza-based service

Established in Mallorca since 1995, Sloane Helicopters has made an exciting decision to base a four-seater Robinson R44 aircraft in Ibiza for various dates throughout summer 2013. Flying in and out of Ibiza Airport, the Company will offer heli-sightseeing trips and a platform for aerial photography. Chief Pilot, Jonny Greenall, says, “We’ve enjoyed a fabulous 18 years… Read more »

Source: Sloane Helicopters, 02-Jul-13

INAER Spain invests €1.2m to renovate facilities in Las Palmas

INAER Spain invests €1.2m to renovate facilities in Las Palmas

The Spanish Maritime Safety Agency (SASEMAR) is celebrating 20 years of activity on the island on Gran Canaria. Based in Las Palmas, the INAER Spain (INAER) operated helicopter Helimer Canarias has carried out more than 1,365 emergencies and successfully assisted more than 1,500 people. To coincide with this milestone, INAER, the country’s leading emergency services… Read more »

Source: INAER, 05-Jun-13

Spain – Sky Helicopters adds AS350B3e in Mallorca

Spain – Sky Helicopters adds AS350B3e in Mallorca

Spanish operator Sky Helicopters has added a new Eurocopter AS350B3e to its fleet – serial 7575 and registered as EC-LXH. THe helicopter is now based on the island of Mallorca at Sky’s main base at Son Bonet aerodrome – once Palma’s main airport. Sky has a total of six AS350s, three AS355s, three W3 Sokols… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Jun-13

OCCAR: Tiger Programme Contract Notice

OCCAR: Tiger Programme Contract Notice

OCCAR, EDA’s partner in developing European defence capabilities, manages the Tiger Helicopter programme on behalf of Germany, France and Spain. In a common approach towards personnel training, the German-French Tiger Helicopter Technical School (Deutsch-Französisches Ausbildungseinrichtung TIGER – DFAT) opened in 2003 in Fassberg, Germany. The mission of the School is to provide training to French… Read more »

Source: EDA, 07-May-13

INAER Spain attends International Congress on Intensive Care

INAER Spain attends International Congress on Intensive Care

INAER Spain (INAER), one of the world leaders in emergency air services, recently participated in the 6th International Congress on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (URGRAV) in Havana, one of the most important events on emergency medicine in Latin America. INAER led the conference on time-dependent pathology care for conditions whose evolution depends primarily on… Read more »

Source: INAER, 06-May-13

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25-Apr-13 HU26-18 Eurocopter EC135P2+ Los Galayos, Spain

Blade strike and ensuing heavy landing caused skids to deform.  Fortunately helicopter did not fall over the edge of the mountain, but it was very close.  Helicopter was registered HU26-18 and carried code “09-312”

25-Apr-13

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AeroSimulators to support Bond and INAER simulators

AeroSimulators to support Bond and INAER simulators

AeroSimulators announced today that it has entered into simulator maintenance and support agreements with Bond Air Services and INAER Helicópteros Off-Shore. Under the support agreements, AeroSimulators will be responsible for the delivery and provision of spares, support equipment, maintenance and re-certification services, as well as on-site training and documentation. These support services will cover an… Read more »

Source: AeroSimulators, 08-Apr-13

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Spain ships three Tigers to Afghanistan

Spain ships three Tigers to Afghanistan

[electronic translation] In his first combat mission, the ‘Tiger’ capacities to provide protection and security to our forces in retreat Three helicopters ‘Tiger’ Battalion Attack Helicopter (BHELA) No. 1, located at the base ‘Coronel Sánchez Bilbao’ de Almagro (Ciudad Real), have been embarked today on a transport plane ‘Antonov’ for transfer to the base of Herat.There… Read more »

Source: Spanish Military, 28-Mar-13

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FAA and Spain cooperate in alternative aviation fuels

FAA and Spain cooperate in alternative aviation fuels

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Spanish Aviation Safety and Security Agency (AESA) signed a Declaration of Cooperation to promote the development and use of sustainable alternative aviation fuels in the United States and Spain. The Declaration was signed by Carey Fagan, FAA Executive Director for International Affairs, and Isabel Maestre Moreno, Director of… Read more »

Source: FAA, 01-Mar-13

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First flight of an NH90 assembled by Eurocopter Spain

First flight of an NH90 assembled by Eurocopter Spain

23rd January – This morning a ceremony was held for the maiden flight of the first NH90 to be assembled by Eurocopter España at its facility in Albacete. The event was attended by María Dolores de Cospedal, President of the Regional Government of Castile-La Mancha, Spanish Defense Minister Pedro Morenés, Eurocopter CEO Lutz Bertling and… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 24-Jan-13

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Spain – four employees sanctioned for reporting failures in EMS helicopter

Spain – four employees sanctioned for reporting failures in EMS helicopter

At least 40 employees of the 061 – the Spanish public health emergency organisation – staged a protest in Granada last week at the opening of four disciplinary cases.  Two EMS workers, a doctor and a health and safety representative are central to the situation which concerns “safety deficiencies” in the operation of the helicopter… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Jan-13

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Nigeria – OAS Helicopters add AS355N

Nigeria – OAS Helicopters add AS355N

Nigerian operator OAS Helicopters have recently bought a Eurocopter AS355N from Spain.  The red and white aircraft is serial 5746 and previously registered EC-JXP with Sky Helicopters. This brings the OAS fleet to three helicopters and one jet – the others are as follows 5N-BLI AS350B2 (serial 3840) 5N-BPD AS355N (serial 5641) 5N-BOZ EMB145 jet… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Jan-13

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EDA completes successful 3rd Helicopter Tactics Symposium

EDA completes successful 3rd Helicopter Tactics Symposium

The third Helicopter Tactics Symposium was held from 19 – 21 November in Luxembourg. 43 participants from 16 Member States (AT, BE, BG, CZ, DE, ES, EE,  FI, FR, HU, IT, LU, NL, PT, SE, UK) and additional guests from New Zeeland and the Joint Air Power Competence Centre exchanged views on the status of… Read more »

Source: European Defence Agency, 28-Nov-12

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Bond/INAER parent company renames as Avincis; based in UK

Bond/INAER parent company renames as Avincis; based in UK

Avincis Mission Critical Services (Avincis Group) has established itself in the UK today as the world’s leading provider of mission critical aviation services. The Group’s mission is to save lives, protect the environment and provide safe transport for mission critical people and assets for public services and blue chip corporations.  Avincis’ operating companies deliver across… Read more »

Source: Avincis Group, 16-Oct-12

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King Juan Carlos I flies in Spanish NH90

King Juan Carlos I flies in Spanish NH90

His Majesty Juan Carlos I, King of Spain, took off this morning from the Cuatro Vientos Air Base in Madrid for a flight in the Spanish variant of the cutting-edge NH90 helicopter, which is being fitted out and tested at the company’s facility in Albacete. The first deliveries of this aircraft to the Spanish Army… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 18-Sep-12

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11-Aug-12 EC-KTU Eurocopter AS350B3 Guils de Certanya, Spain

While firefighting, refilling hose struck trees and then swung up into main rotors and the tail boom.  Extensively damaged.

11-Aug-12

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Sikorsky and INAER sign MOU for Spanish Government S61/S76 support

Sikorsky and INAER sign MOU for Spanish Government S61/S76 support

Sikorsky Aerospace Services today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with INAER Maintenance SAU of Spain to explore aircraft maintenance and support opportunities for the Spanish Ministry of Defense. INAER engages in comprehensive fleet Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) services for commercial and military aircraft worldwide. Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS) is the… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 10-Jul-12

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Two firefighting helicopters crash in Spain

Two firefighting helicopters crash in Spain

A Bell 412 and a PZL Sokol crashed yesterday in Spain in separate incidents.  Both were firefighting.  The sole-occupant pilot in the Bell 412 was sadly killed, while both crew in the Sokol survived with injuries.  Both helicopters were operated by INAER. We will track updates in the two incidents in our accident pages.  HeliHub.com… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Jul-12

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02-Jul-12 EC-KSJ Bell 412 Yátova, Spain (1F)

First of two accidents fighting the same fire in Spain.  Pilot killed.

02-Jul-12

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02-Jul-12 EC-JUN PZL Sokol Sierra Martes, Spain

Crashed 30 minutes after the Bell 412 firefighting accident.  One report states loss of tail rotor on approach to site at altitude of 20m.  Both occupants (aged 55 and 36) injured

02-Jul-12

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BBA Aviation ERO appoints regional manager for UK, Spain, Ireland, Portugal

BBA Aviation ERO appoints regional manager for UK, Spain, Ireland, Portugal

Lisa Cooper has been appointed Regional Sales Manager for BBA Aviation Engine Repair and Overhaul (ERO). Cooper will provide sales coverage for the United Kingdom, Spain, Ireland and Portugal. She is a 20-year veteran of H+S Aviation Ltd, a BBA Aviation ERO company. “Lisa has worked in customer service at H+S for 20 years,” commented… Read more »

Source: BBA Aviation, 28-Jun-12

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Spain – New helipad for Ayamonte

Spain – New helipad for Ayamonte

With EC funding, this is part of a network of helipads – with six new locations added this year.  New helipads will be built in Almonte, Cumbres Mayores, Puebla de Guzmán, Aroche, Ayamonte and the Hospital Juan Ramón Jiménez in Huelva city. (see full story)

Source: Info Ayamonte, 31-May-12

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INAER expands contract with Telvent weather services

INAER expands contract with Telvent weather services

Telvent GIT, S.A., the leading real-time IT solutions and information provider for a sustainable world, announced today that helicopter emergency service industry leader INAER has signed a new contract that calls for Telvent to expand its weather monitoring services to a greater portion of INAER’s fleet. After seeing the improved efficiency and safety from the… Read more »

Source: Telvent, 30-May-12

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Some UK and Spanish EC135s grounded temporarily

Some UK and Spanish EC135s grounded temporarily

Four weeks ago, Eurocopter issued an AD regarding the main rotor hub of the EC135 after a crack was found.  This was an “ordinary AD” as far as those of us in the industry are concerned, and there was a schedule of actions which need to be taken by operators just like there normally is…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-May-12

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Indra flies unmanned Pelicano in Segovia

Indra flies unmanned Pelicano in Segovia

Indra’s new UAV, the Pelicano helicopter, performed a test flight at the Marugán aerodrome in the province of Segovia. This test marks the market launch of Indra’s new unmanned helicopter system, which is now ready to enter into service. The flights took place as part of UNVEX’12, the Spanish conference for unmanned systems that is holding… Read more »

Source: Indra, 30-Apr-12

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Eurocopter Spain and TAF Helicopters launch Sabadell Helicopters Service Center

Eurocopter Spain and TAF Helicopters launch Sabadell Helicopters Service Center

Eurocopter España has acquired an 80 percent stake in the new company Sabadell Helicopters Service Center (SHSC), which brings together the aircraft maintenance and repair activities of the Catalonian company TAF Helicopters SL. This platform positions Eurocopter as a leading provider of technical assistance and logistics support services for the Spanish helicopter sector. Continuing with… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter Spain, 27-Apr-12

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Gulf Coast Avionics adds locations in Peru and Spain

Gulf Coast Avionics adds locations in Peru and Spain

Gulf Coast Avionics Corporation, based on Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Lakeland, Florida, has announced the addition of international satellite operations in Peru and in Spain. In making the announcement, Rick Garcia, President of Gulf Coast Avionics, said, “The avionics, instrument, and pilot supply market is truly international in scope, and we are positioning ourselves… Read more »

Source: Gulf Coast Avionics, 18-Apr-12

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Spain’s Traffic Police sell two AS355Ns

Spain’s Traffic Police sell two AS355Ns

Trafico – the Spainish Traffic Police – have sold a pair of Eurocopter AS355N helicopters.  The 1998 and 1999 manufactured airframes were purchased by DMG Heli Sales in the UK and have 3700 and 4400 hours on the airframes.  Both are being offered for immediate resale. See also http://www.DMGHeliSales.co.uk Copyright photo reproduced with permission of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Apr-12

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INAER pilot awarded Gold Medal for Civil Protection

INAER pilot awarded Gold Medal for Civil Protection

José Luis García Martín, an INAER helicopter captain, has been awarded the Gold Medal for Civil Protection by the “Generalitat Valenciana” (Valencia Regional government) at the 11th Conference on Public Safety and Emergencies, for his complete dedication for more than 20 years to the emergency and civil protection services. Serafín Castellano, the Valencia Regional Government… Read more »

Source: INAER, 16-Apr-12

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Government of Cantabria contracts a 412 from INAER

Government of Cantabria contracts a 412 from INAER

Not previously reported here on HeliHub.com, INAER picked up a two year contract with the State Government of Cantabria.  Covering the two calendar years of 2012 and 2013, INAER will provide a Bell 412 based at Santander for EMS and SAR work. Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Apr-12

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Cathelicopters looks to pick up Moroccan routes abandoned by INAER

Cathelicopters looks to pick up Moroccan routes abandoned by INAER

Spanish operator Cathelicopters is seeking to restart the scheduled passenger routes between Spain and Morocco.  The route between the Moroccan city of Ceuta and Algeciras (Cádiz) was inaugurated in July 2010 while the link between Ceuta and Malaga airport dates back to 1996.  The Catalan company is seeking longer operating hours to make the service… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Apr-12

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Blue Sky Network establishes new partnership in Europe

Blue Sky Network establishes new partnership in Europe

Blue Sky Network (BSN), a leading, global provider of satellite tracking and communication solutions for aviation, land, andmarine, today announced its partnership with S4A (Solutions For Aviation), a supplier of aviation equipment and services located in El Puerto de Santa María (Cádiz), Spain.  This new partnership in Europe will enable S4A to resell Blue Sky Network’s family of aviation products based on two-way messaging,… Read more »

Source: Blue Sky Network, 11-Apr-12

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20-Mar-12 Eurocopter SE313 El Cuervo, Spain (3F)

Helicopter crashed with significant vertical descent rate.  see photo here and here.

20-Mar-12

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Interview – Jonny Greenall of Sloane Helicopters Mallorca

Interview – Jonny Greenall of Sloane Helicopters Mallorca

Who are you?  I am Jonny Greenall, Chief Pilot and Managing Director of Sloane Helicopters Mallorca. I am a commercial pilot, flight instructor and examiner and have over 3000 hours in helicopters.  (see full interview)

Source: Interview Mallorca, 19-Mar-12

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Spain: 1000 more passengers through Algeciras HP in 2011

Spain: 1000 more passengers through Algeciras HP in 2011

The second half of 2011 saw approximately 1,000 more passengers fly on the scheduled route between Algeciras in Spain and Ceuta in Morroco, which is flown by INAER group company Helisureste using an AgustaWestland AW139.  Algeciras Heliport, located close to the city of Cadiz, was launched in July 2010 and the first six months of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Jan-12

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INAER awarded Spanish Navy AB212 life extension work

INAER awarded Spanish Navy AB212 life extension work

(Electronic translation from Spanish) Once the tender procedure for the program of life extension Agusta Bell 212 helicopters of the Spanish Navy, the Chief of Logistics Support (JAL) has awarded the program to the joint venture companies formed by SENER Ingeniería y Sistemas e INAER Maintenance. The modernization program of the seven helicopters AB 212,… Read more »

Source: INAER, 12-Jan-12

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Valencia Airport recognizes INAER good environmental practices

Valencia Airport recognizes INAER good environmental practices

(Electronic translation from Spanish) The director of the Valencia airport, Julian House, on Thursday delivered the First Prize to good environmental practices of four companies engaged in its work on the airport grounds Valencia, recognizing its management, environmental sensitivity and commitment, including counts INAER with the international environmental management certification ISO 14001. Valencia airport, after… Read more »

Source: INAER, 12-Jan-12

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12-Nov-11 G-WOOW MD Helicopters MD369E Andratx, Spain (2F)

Fatal crash killing two British males named in this article as Mark Blaver-Mann and Alistair Evans.  Helicopter was completely burnt out

12-Nov-11

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30-Sep-11 CC-CIS Bell 212 Bienservida, Spain (1F)

Accident between EC-GIC and CC-CIS both 212s involved in re-filling their water tanks during fire-fighting operations.  Pilot Leo Janssen, flying CC-CIS was killed.  Pilot Manuel Fuertes in EC-GIC survived

30-Sep-11

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30-Sep-11 EC-GIC Bell 212 Bienservida, Spain

Accident between EC-GIC and CC-CIS both 212s involved in re-filling their water tanks during fire-fighting operations.  Pilot Leo Janssen, flying CC-CIS was killed.  Pilot Manuel Fuertes in EC-GIC survived

30-Sep-11

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Fatal AB412 crash in Spain

Fatal AB412 crash in Spain

There has been a fatal accident of an Agusta-Bell 412 in the Granada region of Spain, killing all three on board.  Although a firefighting helicopter, it was not active in that role but  on a ferry flight The HeliHub.com page for

19-Sep-11

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Rotorflug JetRanger crashes in Spanish street

Rotorflug JetRanger crashes in Spanish street

JetRanger from the German operator Rotorflug was operating out of Jerez airport in Spain on a filming detail when it had a problem and force landed in a narrow Spanish street.  HeliHub.com safety data records this accident at:- 18-Sep-11 D-HONY Bell B206B El Puerto de Santa María, Spain

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Sep-11

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19-Sep-11 EC-JRY Agusta-Bell 412 La Peza, Spain (3F)

Firefighting helicopter on ferry flight.  High momentum terrain impact, fire followed.

19-Sep-11

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18-Sep-11 D-HONY Bell B206B El Puerto de Santa María, Spain

Helicopter from Germany involved in filming came down in street in Spanish town.  Report says that pilot was trying to make a forced landing in an empty lot after engine failure.  Three occupants injured.

18-Sep-11

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Spain orders EC225 for pollution control and SAR

Spain orders EC225 for pollution control and SAR

Eurocopter has signed a contract to supply an EC225 helicopter for Spain following its recent success in the country’s competition to select a new rotary-wing aircraft for maritime search & rescue (SAR) and pollution control operations. This marks one of the first stages in a national rescue plan to be implemented by the Spanish Maritime… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 12-Sep-11

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29-Jul-11 HS.13-5 Hughes 369HM Puerto Real, Spain

Post maintenance test flight.  Main blades struck and cut tail boom.  Landed upright in field.

29-Jul-11

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Spain approves $30M upgrade for AB212 ASW fleet

Spain approves $30M upgrade for AB212 ASW fleet

On Friday 1st July, the Spanish Government approved the contract to modernise the country’s fleet of Agusta-Bell AB212 ASW helicopters.  The value of the deal is 21 million euros (approx $30.5M), and will tie the Spanish Navy over until they fully introduce their NH90s.  This upgrade program is one of just two approved for the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Jul-11

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Cadiz province to add five emergency helipads

Cadiz province to add five emergency helipads

The province will have five new helipads, particularly in Conil, Sanlucar Tarifa, Medina and Ubrique, to facilitate the transfer of patients in emergency situations.

Source: Lavoz Digital, 27-Jun-11

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18-Jun-11 SP-SUI PZL Sokol Tabuyo, Spain

Unstable on take-off and crashed in a wood a few hundred metres from take-off point

18-Jun-11

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Aragon pioneers Spain’s use of unmanned helicopters for firefighting

Aragon pioneers Spain’s use of unmanned helicopters for firefighting

With helicopters widely used in Spain for firefighting, the autonomous community Aragon is the first to use unmanned helicopters to help fight fires.  Consisting of three provinces – Huesca, Zaragoza, and Teruel – Aragon is located in north eastern Spain and borders France to the north. Using two UAVs from local company INDA, Aragon has… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Jun-11

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07-Jun-11 EC-IMZ Bell 407 Villasana de Mena, Spain (2F)

Helicopter was on electricity line survey when it went down at the crest of the mountain of Puerto Angulo, in a rocky and inaccessible by land vehicle.  Locals reported a fire and the authorities later confirmed two fatalities.  Foggy weather conditions may have contributed

07-Jun-11

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Spain arrests eight and impounds 16+ helicopters being exported to Iran

Spain arrests eight and impounds 16+ helicopters being exported to Iran

Spains’s National Police have aborted the sale of a number of helicopters and fighter parts to Iran and Venezuela. A total of eight arrests have been made in relation to this deal, five Spanish businessmen and three Iranian nationals who had traveled to Spain to formalise the deal. Export of this type of equipment to… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-May-11

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INAER adds another six GrandNew and a AW139

INAER adds another six GrandNew and a AW139

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that INAER, the leading European helicopter services provider, has signed contracts for two EMS-configured GrandNew light twin helicopters and four GrandNew light twin and one AW139 medium twin helicopters for offshore transport. These contracts mark the entrance of the GrandNew into the European EMS and offshore transport… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 25-May-11

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Spain’s Top Fly ceases trading; 60 students stand to lose on prepaid courses

Spain’s Top Fly ceases trading; 60 students stand to lose on prepaid courses

Top Fly, based at Barcelona’s Sabadell Airport, have effectively ceased trading, a full stop to a situation that has been ongoing for over 8 months.  On January 19th the company’s staff went on strike claiming the company had not paid them for four months.  Flying effectively ceased on February 12th as part of this disagreement,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-May-11

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Spain: EC funds new emergency helipad in Vera

Spain: EC funds new emergency helipad in Vera

The Public Utility 061 emergency has set up a new heliport located in the town of Vera. This infrastructure is the third of the 15 provided in the provincial network, designed for helicopters from the 061, and whose implementation will require an investment of approximately EUR 1.1 million, funded by European Regional Development Fund (… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Apr-11

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EADS and its divisions are “most preferred employer” in Germany, France, and Spain

EADS and its divisions are “most preferred employer” in Germany, France, and Spain

The European aerospace and defence Group EADS further fostered its position as top employer by recently having been awarded in all its four European home countries. While the Group and its Divisions received the “Randstad” award in Germany, France, and Spain, the research institutes “trendence” and “Universum” ranked EADS as most preferred employer for engineers… Read more »

Source: EADS, 13-Apr-11

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06-Apr-11 Eurocopter SA315B Medina Sidonia, Spain (2F)

Wreckage reported 6th April.  Two bodies “may have been there a week” – thus date of accident unclear

06-Apr-11

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19-Mar-11 EC-KTA Bell 407 Villel, Spain (6F)

The Interior Ministry says six firefighters have died when their helicopter crashed in a remote region in the northeastern province of Aragon as they flew to try and put out a wildfire.  The statement says a seventh crew member survived the accident and has been flown to hospital in the city of Teruel.  Photos at… Read more »

19-Mar-11

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24-Feb-11 SP-SYA PZL Sokol La Caldera National Park, Spain

Helicopter was doing work in the National Park, probably load lifting but the news reports thus far are unclear.  Serious injuries reported

24-Feb-11

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Spain’s Iberdrola trials unmanned helicopters to check power lines

Spain’s Iberdrola trials unmanned helicopters to check power lines

Iberdrola has been working with Spanish UAV company Alpha Unmanned Systems.  Images are received in real time in a centre where they also control the flight plan of the mini helicopters.

Source: Aeroespacial, 11-Jan-11

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First flight of NH90 TTH for Spain

First flight of NH90 TTH for Spain

Marignane, France December 17 Eurocopter conducted the first flight of Spain’s NH90 TTH tactical transport helicopter today, sustaining the development pace for this multinational rotary-wing program. The one-hour mission was performed at Eurocopter’s Marignane facility in France. A multidisciplinary team from Eurocopter España contributed to this Spanish NH90 program milestone, which involved the first NH90… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 19-Dec-10

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Spanish Police add EC225 and two EC135s

Spanish Police add EC225 and two EC135s

In the last few weeks, Spain’s National Police Force (“Cuerpo Nacional de Policía”, CNP for short) have added three new Eurocopters to their fleet, two EC135P2+ and one AS332L2 – the latter being the largest helicopter they have ever operated.  The three are listed below, together with their manufacturer’s serial numbers and local fleet number…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 13-Dec-10

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Wikileaks – Spanish PM cost Rolls-Royce £200M NH90 engine contract

Wikileaks – Spanish PM cost Rolls-Royce £200M NH90 engine contract

It is claimed the Spanish military had decided in favour of R-R, but the decision was overturned and the £200M contract was handed to US firm General Electric after an intervention by Prime Minister after US lobbyied Jose Luis Zapatero direct.

Source: This is Derbyshire, 07-Dec-10

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Spanish EMS operator selects WeatherBug Professional

Spanish EMS operator selects WeatherBug Professional

WeatherBug®, the leading provider of consumer and professional weather products and services and operator of the largest weather observing and lightning network, announced its selection by SESCAM (Servicio de Salud de Castilla-La Mancha), a regional healthcare organization in central Spain that serves more than two million living throughout the region of Castilla-La Mancha. With the… Read more »

Source: WeatherBug, 23-Nov-10

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10-Nov-10 D-HLUC Hughes 300C Trebujena, Spain

After approaching runway 26 at Trebujena Airfield, Spain, the helicopter crashed after the student pilot lost control while making a 180-degree turn. 1 on board o.k.

10-Nov-10

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Inaer introduces winter schedule on Algeciras-Ceuta route

Inaer introduces winter schedule on Algeciras-Ceuta route

Schedule reduces to seven return flights on weekdays, three at weekends

Source: ABC, 29-Oct-10

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Forest fire heliport at Boltaña extended at cost of 625K Euros

Forest fire heliport at Boltaña extended at cost of 625K Euros

The Environment Department has invested 625,500 Euros in the works to expand the base Boltaña helicopter transport, so as to improve staffing and infrastructure of the base, working 9 months per year

Source: Aragon Liberal, 20-Oct-10

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Aviation Renewables wins windsock contract for Spanish Army helicopter operations

Aviation Renewables wins windsock contract for Spanish Army helicopter operations

The ARMYs helicopter operations for both visible and NVG compatible operations. Responding to a requirement for high quality, rugged wind cone design that has been proven to be capable of supporting defense operations in all climates, the ARMY chose the Solar Series aluminum custom designed 10 wind cone with a patented swivel, internally lighted LED… Read more »

Source: Aviation Renewables, 20-Oct-10

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Ceuta-Algeciras route flies 5,000 passengers in first 3 months

Ceuta-Algeciras route flies 5,000 passengers in first 3 months

The helicopter route across the Strait of Gibraltar from Ceuta and Algeciras has registered about 4,984 passengers during the first three months of operation of the service

Source: ABC, 17-Oct-10

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Eurocopter Spain finally appoint a CEO

Eurocopter Spain finally appoint a CEO

The board of Eurocopter Spain has appointed Francisco Vergé Gracia as their new CEO, who will assume his new responsibilities on 1 November, the manufacturer said today. Verge occupied until the position of director of the Eurofighter program in Spain and has held various positions in management, production planning, control, marketing and sales in Spain,… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter Spain, 10-Oct-10

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Spain requests six US surplus SH-60F Sea Hawks

Spain requests six US surplus SH-60F Sea Hawks

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress Sept. 29 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Spain for the refurbishment of (6) SH-60F Multi-Mission Utility Helicopters and associated parts, equipment and logistical support for a complete package worth approximately $155 million. The Government of Spain has requested a possible sale and the refurbishment of (6)… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 01-Oct-10

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Agoncillo military base will receive Spain’s first NH90

Agoncillo military base will receive Spain’s first NH90

Army unit BHELMA III is expected to take delivery of its first NH90 in 2012 and it has been announced that it will be based at Agoncillo

Source: Rioja, 01-Oct-10

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