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Sri Lanka Aviation Unit in South Sudan Receive UN Medals

Sri Lanka Aviation Unit in South Sudan Receive UN Medals

25-May-2020Source: Sri Lanka Air Force

The UN Medal Awarding Ceremony of 4th Contingent of Sri Lanka Aviation Unit (UNMISS) in South Sudan was held on 20 May 2020 at the Sri Lanka Aviation Unit Hangar premises in Bor. Brigadier General Mohammad Jahangir Alam, the Sector Commander (Sector East) graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. In addition, Ms. Deborah Schein (Head... Read more

HAL planning to set up bases in four countries to push exports

HAL planning to set up bases in four countries to push exports

11-Mar-2020Source: The Economic Times

State-run aerospace behemoth Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) is looking at setting up logistics bases in Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia and Sri Lanka as part of initiatives to woo the countries to buy India’s light combat aircraft Tejas and military helicopters. See Full Story.  ... Read more

Sri Lankan Air Force carry out first aerial seeding operation

Sri Lankan Air Force carry out first aerial seeding operation

17-Dec-2018Source: HeliHub.com

The Sri Lankan Air Force recently achieved the first ever Seed Bombing operation in Nochchiagama. The operation hopes to increase green cover in Sri Lanka from 27% to 32% by 2030. They dropped 5,000 seed bombs over 5 acres of land, spreading three different types; Mee, Karanda and Kumbuk from a SLAF Mi-17, reports Daily... Read more

29-May-17 SMH-589 Mil Mi-17 Baddegama, Sri Lanka

29-May-17 SMH-589 Mil Mi-17 Baddegama, Sri Lanka

29-May-2017

While involved in flood relief support, helicopter landed in a residential garden, with the boom breaking off against the roof of the house. Registration validated by photo on this page None of the 11 POB injured.  Helicopter substantially damaged... Read more

27-May-17 Mil Mi-17 Neluwa, Sri Lanka

27-May-17 Mil Mi-17 Neluwa, Sri Lanka

27-May-2017

37-year- old SLAF airman, YMS Yaparathna, fall off a helicopter while conducting a rescue operation, along with the two individuals he was rescuing.  All three were injured when they fell, and were admitted to the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital where the airman later died of his injuries.  He was posthumously promoted from Flight Sergeant to the... Read more

Russian Proposal for Service Centre in Sri Lanka

Russian Proposal for Service Centre in Sri Lanka

28-Mar-2017Source: HeliHub.com

The Deputy Chief of the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation has announced that they proposing a service centre in Sri Lanka for Russian-made helicopters. Sri Lanka has a large number of Russian-made helicopters, including 12 Mi-8/17 helicopters, 36 BMP-2 vehicles, 6 Mi-24Ps and roughly 50 BTR-80 carriers, reports Sri Lanka Guardian.  ... Read more

Bell wins first 505 customer in Sri Lanka

Bell wins first 505 customer in Sri Lanka

3-May-2016Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today it has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Fairway Holdings for a Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. This is the first Bell 505 signed for in Sri Lanka. The aircraft will be used for private travel and tourism across multiple destinations around the island.... Read more

07-Jun-13 Bell 412 Katupotha, Sri Lanka

07-Jun-13 Bell 412 Katupotha, Sri Lanka

7-Jun-2013

Precautionary landing, reportedly with Air Force Commander Air Marshal Harsha Abeywickrama on board... Read more

Sri Lanka orders another 14 Mi-171s

Sri Lanka orders another 14 Mi-171s

31-Jul-2012Source: HeliHub.com

Russia’s Rosoboronexport has announced an order from Sri Lanka this month for another 14 Mi-171 helicopters, to be built at the Ulan-Ude plant.  The additional buy is part of a $300 million, 10-year loan to buy equipment for Sri Lanka’s military, which was signed during a 2012 state visit to Russia. This confirms the story... Read more

Deccan Aviation launches first helipad in Sri Lanka’s capital

Deccan Aviation launches first helipad in Sri Lanka’s capital

19-Jul-2012Source: Colombo Page

Following the relaxation of strict regulations that were imposed during the war over entering into the air space of the Sri Lankan capital Colombo,  Deccan Aviation announced the establishment of the first privately-run helipad in the city center  (see full story)... Read more

Complete Register – Sri Lanka – January 2012

Complete Register – Sri Lanka – January 2012

17-Jan-2012Source: HeliHub.com

This news item is part of the HeliHub.com “Complete Registers” series, listing every helicopter Currently registered in a particular country. While the majority of our updates continue to be focused on monthly or quarterly reviews of the registrations which have changed (added, removed, change of ownership etc), the “Complete Registers” series allows us to include... Read more

Air Senok takes delivery of two AS350B3

Air Senok takes delivery of two AS350B3

12-Jan-2012Source: HeliHub.com

Sri Lankan start-up operator Air Senok has taken delivery of two Eurocopter AS350B3 helicopters from Eurocopter South East Asia in Singapore- as we predicted in our article 14 months ago.  One black and one dark grey, these two helicopters with gold stripes feature high skids with courtesy steps, night navigation lights, high-visibility panels in the... Read more

Sri Lanka – Singapore firm makes strategic investment in Deccan Aviation Lanka

Sri Lanka – Singapore firm makes strategic investment in Deccan Aviation Lanka

8-Jan-2012Source: Sunday Times

The changing of the stake happened in October last year, Suren Mirchandani, Vice Chairman of the company, told the local press, also revealing that, “we have an agreement with Deccan Charters to use the same name (Deccan) until such time we are ready to re-brand.” (see full story)... Read more

Bell delivers two 412s to Sri Lanka Air Force

Bell delivers two 412s to Sri Lanka Air Force

2-Dec-2011Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today it delivered two Bell 412s to the Sri Lanka Air Force during a ceremony at its facility in Piney Flats, Tennessee. “We’ve had a strong partnership with the Sri Lanka Air Force for more than 40 years,” said Larry D. Roberts, senior vice president for... Read more

Sri Lanka to purchase 14 Mi-17s?

Sri Lanka to purchase 14 Mi-17s?

29-Aug-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Reports from local website TamilNet suggests that Sri Lanka is negotiating to purchase 14 military spec Mi-17s, with a 43-strong delegation visiting Russia to negotiate the deal in June 2011.  The helicopters are to be built at the Ulan-Ude Aviation Works factory.  A defence analyst expressed surprise at the size of the order, given the... Read more

Eurocopter breaks into Sri Lankan market with sale two AS350B3

Eurocopter breaks into Sri Lankan market with sale two AS350B3

30-Jun-2011Source: Eurocopter South East Asia

[HeliHub.com editor note – Eurocopter distributed this story today, 30 June, despite it being dated 23rd June.  We note that HeliHub.com ran a short story on 14th March this year – three and a half months ago – to say that Senok had local CAA approval to operate AS350s] The sale of the first civilian... Read more

Senok Aviation to begin operations shortly in Sri Lanka

Senok Aviation to begin operations shortly in Sri Lanka

14-Mar-2011

Senok Aviation has got the approval of Sri Lanka’s Civil Aviation Authority to import two Eurocopter AS350B3 Squirrels... Read more

Air Senok prepares to start operations in Sri Lanka

Air Senok prepares to start operations in Sri Lanka

8-Nov-2010Source: Sunday Times

The Senok Trade Group, heavily into the automobile business, is planning to start a helicopter service... Read more

Sri Lankan AF re-launches commercial flights

Sri Lankan AF re-launches commercial flights

19-Jul-2010Source: The Island

Helitours, the domestic air service of the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF), will be relaunched today with state of the art facilities and a brand new look.... Read more

Deccan Air completes first heli-tour to Jaffna

Deccan Air completes first heli-tour to Jaffna

30-Jun-2010Source: Daily Mirror

Sri Lanka’s only private sector helicopter operator Deccan Aviation made its first helicopter transfer to Jaffna recently.... Read more

Sri Lanka Air Force offers flood-beating helicopter service

Sri Lanka Air Force offers flood-beating helicopter service

20-May-2010Source: HeliHub.com

The Sri Lankan Air Force has agreed to provide a helicopter service to get people to and from the airport, following recent flooding in the region.  The SLAF has for a long time operated a commercial arm under the name of Helitours, albeit with the helicopters retained in military colours and with military serials.  HeliHub.com... Read more

Sri Lanka’s Colombo National Hospital ready to open with rooftop helipad

Sri Lanka’s Colombo National Hospital ready to open with rooftop helipad

7-May-2010Source: Colombo Page

The eight-storey, 175,000 square feet building constructed at a cost of 2.8 billion rupees is equipped with a roof-top helipad to provide air ambulance services.... Read more

Sri Lanka Air Force buys more Mi-17 and Mi-24

Sri Lanka Air Force buys more Mi-17 and Mi-24

15-May-2009Source: RIA Novosti

Sri Lanka has ordered a number of military transport helicopters and other weaponry from Russia, the country’s defense secretary said in an exclusive interview with RIA Novosti.... Read more

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