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

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

19-Mar-2011

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

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

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

24-Feb-2011

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

Spain’s Iberdrola trials unmanned helicopters to check power lines

Spain’s Iberdrola trials unmanned helicopters to check power lines

11-Jan-2011Source: Aeroespacial

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.... Read more

First flight of NH90 TTH for Spain

First flight of NH90 TTH for Spain

19-Dec-2010Source: Eurocopter

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

Spanish Police add EC225 and two EC135s

Spanish Police add EC225 and two EC135s

13-Dec-2010Source: HeliHub.com

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

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

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

7-Dec-2010Source: This is Derbyshire

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.... Read more

Spanish EMS operator selects WeatherBug Professional

Spanish EMS operator selects WeatherBug Professional

23-Nov-2010Source: WeatherBug

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

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

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

10-Nov-2010

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.... Read more

Inaer introduces winter schedule on Algeciras-Ceuta route

Inaer introduces winter schedule on Algeciras-Ceuta route

29-Oct-2010Source: ABC

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

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

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

20-Oct-2010Source: Aragon Liberal

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... Read more

Aviation Renewables wins windsock contract for Spanish Army helicopter operations

Aviation Renewables wins windsock contract for Spanish Army helicopter operations

20-Oct-2010Source: Aviation Renewables

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

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

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

17-Oct-2010Source: ABC

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... Read more

Eurocopter Spain finally appoint a CEO

Eurocopter Spain finally appoint a CEO

10-Oct-2010Source: Eurocopter Spain

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

Spain requests six US surplus SH-60F Sea Hawks

Spain requests six US surplus SH-60F Sea Hawks

1-Oct-2010Source: DSCA

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

Agoncillo military base will receive Spain’s first NH90

Agoncillo military base will receive Spain’s first NH90

1-Oct-2010Source: Rioja

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... Read more

Flight tests begin for Eurocopter’s Tiger HAD support/attack variant in Spain

Flight tests begin for Eurocopter’s Tiger HAD support/attack variant in Spain

17-Sep-2010Source: Eurocopter

The first HAD support and attack version of Eurocopter’s Tiger helicopter has initiated its flight test program at the company’s Albacete facility in Spain. During the next 15 months, a full program of tests and development flights will be carried out to obtain the first qualific tion step (Block 1), which is scheduled for December... Read more

Eurocopter Spain still looking for CEO after July departure of Martinez Saiz

Eurocopter Spain still looking for CEO after July departure of Martinez Saiz

9-Sep-2010

Previous CEO Juan Carlos Martinez Saiz departed in July and has not yet been replaced... Read more

Air Traffic strike affects Ceuta-Malaga scheduled route

Air Traffic strike affects Ceuta-Malaga scheduled route

5-Aug-2010

The air traffic controllers’ strike affect the regular line of helicopters between Ceuta and Malaga airport but not the helicopter link between Ceuta and Algeciras (Cádiz), as reported by the head of the Heliport civil.... Read more

Two AW109s ready for 1st August EMS contract in Canary Islands

Two AW109s ready for 1st August EMS contract in Canary Islands

23-Jul-2010Source: IslaCanaria.net

A new EMS contract starts in the Canary Islands on 1st August, with two AgustaWestland AW109s based at Reina Sofia on Tenerife and Gando Airport on Gran Canaria... Read more

Pratt & Whitney Canada expands maintenance coverage for INAER

Pratt & Whitney Canada expands maintenance coverage for INAER

22-Jul-2010Source: Pratt & Whitney Canada

Pratt & Whitney Canada Customer Service Centre Europe GmbH (P&WC CSC Europe), a joint venture of Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) and MTU Maintenance Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH, significantly expanded a Fleet Management Program (FMP® program) contract with INAER Aviation. P&WC is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company. Under a new, 13-year event cost plan (ECP) contract,... Read more

Sasemar orders another AW139, taking fleet to eight

Sasemar orders another AW139, taking fleet to eight

21-Jul-2010Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that Sasemar, the Spanish Marine Safety Agency, has placed an order for one more AW139 medium twin turbine engine helicopter. This aircraft will be used for a range of roles including SAR and water pollution detection. This order will bring Sasemar’s fleet of AW139s up to eight. The progressive expansion... Read more

Sloane Helicopters add AW109E Power to Mallorca fleet

Sloane Helicopters add AW109E Power to Mallorca fleet

9-Jul-2010Source: Sloane Helicopters

Sloane Helicopters, who have been operating helicopters in Mallorca since 1995, are pleased to announce that they have added a new Agusta A109E helicopter to their fleet based at Palma. The five million euro Agusta is a new generation, eight seat helicopter that is the fastest helicopter in its class and is the best selling... Read more

Interpol issues appeal over paedophile helicopter pilot

Interpol issues appeal over paedophile helicopter pilot

6-Jul-2010Source: BBC

Commercial pilot Daren Elarmo, 40, who also uses the surname Jones, is accused of kidnapping two teenage boys for sex.  Police say the pilot may now be living in Spain... Read more

MBDA selected for Spanish Tiger’s self protection

MBDA selected for Spanish Tiger’s self protection

24-Jun-2010Source: MBDA

MBDA has received a contract notification for the supply of SAPHIR-M decoy systems to provide self defence on the 24 Tiger HAD attack helicopters ordered by Spain from Eurocopter in December 2005. The contract has been awarded to MBDA by Indra Sistemas, the prime contractor responsible for integrating the Self Protection Suite onto the Spanish... Read more

TAF Squirrels help protect Catalonia’s natural resources

TAF Squirrels help protect Catalonia’s natural resources

4-Jun-2010Source: EBAN

Three of TAF Helicopters’ fleet of AS350 B3s are helping the Catalan government protect the environment. Joan Carol, development director, says that one helicopter is dedicated to protection operations and two others are on call... Read more

Spanish Air Force sanctions 16 over mis-use of helicopter for wedding

Spanish Air Force sanctions 16 over mis-use of helicopter for wedding

2-Jun-2010

Several helicopters, including one Super Puma, were used for the transfer of civilian staff at the wedding of an Air Force official over the weekend of May 22/23... Read more

Azor 2010 exercise will involve 32 helicopters from 9 nations

Azor 2010 exercise will involve 32 helicopters from 9 nations

1-Jun-2010Source: EDA

As part of the European Defence Agency’s Helicopter Training Programme (HTP), Spain will host a Multinational Helicopter Exercise in June 2010. The Exercise is the largest of its kind so far, with more than 32 helicopters and 500 people attending from 9 nations and yet takes place less than a year after the Ministerial endorsement... Read more

New AW139 arrives at Spanish SAR base Alvedro

New AW139 arrives at Spanish SAR base Alvedro

20-May-2010Source: La Opinion Coruna

New AW139 or SAR operator SASEMAR adds to an S61N already operated, as well as two fisheries patrol S76s which could be made available – “Pesca 1” based at Vito and “Pesca 2” at Celeiro... Read more

Eurocopter Spain gets grant of 11.2M Euros

Eurocopter Spain gets grant of 11.2M Euros

5-May-2010

Eurocopter will receive a Community grant amounting to 11.2 million euros to strengthen its industrial project in Albacete. This was approved by the Governing Council at its meeting yesterday... Read more

Spanish SAR base at Santander upgrades to AW139

Spanish SAR base at Santander upgrades to AW139

3-May-2010Source: Eldiario Montanes

An AgustaWestland AW139 will replace a long-serving Sikorsky S61N... Read more

49.9% of INAER sold to US private equity firm

49.9% of INAER sold to US private equity firm

30-Apr-2010Source: Reuters

U.S Private Equity Group Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co (KKR) said on Wednesday it had entered into a partnership with Investindustrial to take a minority stake in helicopter firm Grupo Inaer.... Read more

King Juan Carlos I visits Eurocopter Spain factory at Albacete

King Juan Carlos I visits Eurocopter Spain factory at Albacete

23-Apr-2010Source: Eurocopter

His Majesty Juan Carlos I, King of Spain, made his first official visit to the facilities of Eurocopter Spain accompanied by the CEO and President of the Eurocopter Group, Lutz Bertling, and the CEO of Eurocopter Spain, Juan Carlos Martínez Saiz. The event was also attended by the President of the Autonomous Community of Castilla... Read more

Spanish Army likely to buy nine EC135s from local Albacete factory

Spanish Army likely to buy nine EC135s from local Albacete factory

22-Apr-2010Source: Europa Press

The contract amounting to approximately EUR 85 million and cover the delivery of the first five EC135 this year and the remaining four in 2011. It will also include an option to extend the order until a total of thirteen units.... Read more

European helicopter firm Inaer for sale

European helicopter firm Inaer for sale

21-Apr-2010Source: Reuters

Southern European private equity firm Investindustrial is seeking to sell helicopter firm Grupo Inaer for as much as 675 million euros ($908 million), people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.... Read more

Boeing Completes Chinook Industrial Cooperation Program in Spain

Boeing Completes Chinook Industrial Cooperation Program in Spain

13-Apr-2010Source: Boeing

MADRID, April 13, 2010 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today announced that it has successfully completed its industrial cooperation program for the third phase of the CH-47D Chinook rotorcraft upgrades performed for the Spanish Army’s Airmobile Force, FAMET. Boeing finished the industrial cooperation program on schedule while exceeding the $80 million requirement, demonstrating the... Read more

New scheduled route linking Spain and Tunisia to start 1st July

New scheduled route linking Spain and Tunisia to start 1st July

11-Apr-2010Source: Europasur

The new route linking Ceuta and Algeciras will be officially opened by Spanish Development Minister José Blanco... Read more

AgustaWestland And Grupo INAER Sign MoU For Training Services

AgustaWestland And Grupo INAER Sign MoU For Training Services

24-Feb-2010Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica Company, is pleased to announce that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Grupo INAER of Spain for the provision of training services for its AgustaWestland light twin and medium twin models fleet. INAER helicopter fleet boasts a large number of AgustaWestland models including more than 40 units of single... Read more

Spain’s FAASA Group Takes Delivery Of Four AW119Ke Helicopters

Spain’s FAASA Group Takes Delivery Of Four AW119Ke Helicopters

24-Feb-2010Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica Company, is pleased to announce that FAASA Group of Spain has taken delivery of an additional four AW119Ke single engine helicopters for fire-fighting missions. The handover brings the number of AW119Kes in service with this operator to twenty units making FAASA Group one of the largest operators of this model in the... Read more

Spain's FAASA Group Takes Delivery Of Four AW119Ke Helicopters

Spain's FAASA Group Takes Delivery Of Four AW119Ke Helicopters

24-Feb-2010Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica Company, is pleased to announce that FAASA Group of Spain has taken delivery of an additional four AW119Ke single engine helicopters for fire-fighting missions. The handover brings the number of AW119Kes in service with this operator to twenty units making FAASA Group one of the largest operators of this model in the... Read more

Abandoned helicopter finds new home in Malaga museum

Abandoned helicopter finds new home in Malaga museum

10-Feb-2010

After arriving at Cordoba airport on 19 June 2001, this Bell 47 was never claimed by its owner despite public appeals.... Read more

Spanish Ministry of the Interior Sign for 12 more EC135s

Spanish Ministry of the Interior Sign for 12 more EC135s

4-Feb-2010Source: Eurocopter

Eurocopter and the Spanish Ministry of the Interior have signed a contract for the purchase of twelve EC135 P2i helicopters. Spain’s National Police Force will operate six of the new aircraft for law enforcement missions, while the remaining six will join the current fleet of the Spanish Guardia Civil. One of this latter group of... Read more

Spain sending helicopters to UN mission in Lebanon

Spain sending helicopters to UN mission in Lebanon

15-Jan-2010

A group of helicopters based in Canary participate in the mission that Spain takes place in Lebanon under the auspices of the United Nations Organization (UNO)... Read more

Spanish medevac helicopters reach 3,000 flying hours in Afghanistan

Spanish medevac helicopters reach 3,000 flying hours in Afghanistan

6-Jan-2010Source: Rotorhub

Spanish medical evacuation helicopters have marked a milestone 3,000 flying hours in Afghanistan.... Read more

Heliport for Spain-Morocco link delayed to at least April 2010, says operator Inaer

Heliport for Spain-Morocco link delayed to at least April 2010, says operator Inaer

4-Jan-2010Source: Diariosur

The regular line between Algeciras and Ceuta helicopters will not work until after April 2010, according to projections made by the company Inaer... Read more

Nine NATO countries sign declaration of intent for Mi-17 helicopter initiative

Nine NATO countries sign declaration of intent for Mi-17 helicopter initiative

27-Oct-2009Source: ISRIA

The Declaration of Intent was signed by the Czech Republic, Albania, Hungary, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey and the UK. This will provide the necessary political mandate to start mitigating critical utility helicopter shortfalls, particularly in the conduct of ISAF operations in Afghanistan.... Read more

ITP opens new engine maintenance centre in Albacete

ITP opens new engine maintenance centre in Albacete

26-Oct-2009Source: ITP

ITH, the new ITP maintenance centre in Albacete, encompasses all the Group’s activities relating to the maintenance and assembly of helicopter engines. It has meant an initial investment of 15 million euros, including land acquisition, civil work and special teams for turbo-shaft maintenance.... Read more

French host CSAR training exercise

French host CSAR training exercise

18-Sep-2009Source: Rotorhub

CSAR units from across Europe have gathered at Cazaux airbase in South West France for a Combined Joint Personnel Recovery Standardisation Course.... Read more

14-Sep-09 (unknown type) Vilamartín of Valdeorras, Spain

14-Sep-09 (unknown type) Vilamartín of Valdeorras, Spain

14-Sep-2009

14-Sep-09 (unknown type) Vilamartín of Valdeorras, Spain... Read more

22-Jun-09 EC-IOJ Eurocopter AS350B3 Mollet del Vallès, Spain (2F)

22-Jun-09 EC-IOJ Eurocopter AS350B3 Mollet del Vallès, Spain (2F)

22-Jun-2009

22-Jun-09 EC-IOJ Eurocopter AS350B3 Mollet del Vallès, Spain... Read more

Cantabria is one of the four regions without medical helicopter

Cantabria is one of the four regions without medical helicopter

10-Feb-2009Source: EL DIARIO MONTAÑES

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Eurocopter delivers the first EC135 helicopter manufactured in Albacete

Eurocopter delivers the first EC135 helicopter manufactured in Albacete

16-Nov-2008Source: Eurocopter

Eurocopter delivers the first EC135 helicopter manufactured in Albacete... Read more

Eurocopter successfully leads the first firing campaign of the HAD Tiger using the Spike missile

Eurocopter successfully leads the first firing campaign of the HAD Tiger using the Spike missile

12-Sep-2008Source: Eurocopter

Eurocopter successfully leads the first firing campaign of the HAD Tiger using the Spike missile... Read more

Top-Of-The-Range AW119 Ke Enters Service

Top-Of-The-Range AW119 Ke Enters Service

14-Jul-2008Source: AgustaWestland

Top-Of-The-Range AW119 Ke Enters Service... Read more

Eurocopter delivers the first EC135 helicopter for the Spanish Army Disaster Response Unit

Eurocopter delivers the first EC135 helicopter for the Spanish Army Disaster Response Unit

16-Jun-2008Source: Eurocopter

Eurocopter delivers the first EC135 helicopter for the Spanish Army Disaster Response Unit... Read more

Sasemar Orders Three More AW139 Helicopters

Sasemar Orders Three More AW139 Helicopters

22-May-2008Source: AgustaWestland

Sasemar Orders Three More AW139 Helicopters... Read more

Grupo INAER Committed To Order Eighteen AgustaWestland Helicopters

Grupo INAER Committed To Order Eighteen AgustaWestland Helicopters

25-Feb-2008Source: AgustaWestland

Grupo INAER Committed To Order Eighteen AgustaWestland Helicopters... Read more

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