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Royal Thai Army receives four more UH-60Ms

Royal Thai Army receives four more UH-60Ms

12-Dec-2022

The Royal Thai Army has recently taken delivery of four Sikorsky UH-60M helicopters to take their Black Hawk fleet to a total of 18.  From the first  deliveries of three UH-60L models in 2011, 20 have been imported, including three acquired pre-owned.  Two have been retired from service following incidents in July 2011 and July... Read more

EHang partners with CP Group to introduce UAM to Thailand

EHang partners with CP Group to introduce UAM to Thailand

31-May-2022Source: EHang

EHang Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: EH) (“EHang” or the “Company”), the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (“AAV”) technology platform company, announced it has formed a strategic partnership with Charoen Pokphand Group Co., Ltd. (“C.P. Group”), one of the largest conglomerates in Thailand, with an intent to establish a joint venture in Thailand for AAV sales and... Read more

Thai Natural Resources Ministry buys AW169

Thai Natural Resources Ministry buys AW169

28-Mar-2022Source: HeliHub.com

The Ministry of Natural Resource and Environment (MNRE) in Thailand have ordered a Leonardo AW169. The aircraft was noted on Friday test flying in Italy in the full standard MNRE colour scheme. MNRE have the responsibility for the protection and restoration of the nation’s natural resources, including forests, water, oceans and minerals. Helicopter market intelligence... Read more

Boeing awarded $103M contract for AH-6s for Thailand

Boeing awarded $103M contract for AH-6s for Thailand

24-Feb-2022Source: US DoD

The Boeing Co., Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $103,774,884 modification (PZ0007) to contract W58RGZ-20-C-0037 for AH-6 aircraft. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of May 30, 2025. Fiscal 2010 Foreign Military Sales (Thailand) funds in the amount of $103,774,884 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army... Read more

14-Dec-21 5146 Enstrom 480B Jiraprawat, Thailand (2F)

14-Dec-21 5146 Enstrom 480B Jiraprawat, Thailand (2F)

14-Dec-2021

Crashed and burned out, with instructor and student receiving fatal injuries.  News reel shows one helicopter suddenly losing altitude in a long parade of 9+ helicopters.  One report indicates there was smoke was emanating from the helicopter while it was in flight. The fatalities were later named as Lt. Col. Panthong Banchongplaen, flight instructor and... Read more

Royal Thai Air Force holds handover ceremony for two H225Ms

Royal Thai Air Force holds handover ceremony for two H225Ms

26-Nov-2021Source: HeliHub.com

The 2nd wing of 203 Squadron of the Royal Thai Air Force has this week held a handover ceremony for a further two H225M helicopter from Airbus.  Representatives from the manufacturer were in attendance at the ceremony, which was held at Lop Buri. Market Intelligence company Parapex Media advises HeliHub.com that these helicopters represent the... Read more

Royal Thai Air Force retires five older Bell 412s

Royal Thai Air Force retires five older Bell 412s

21-Oct-2021

On 19 October, the Royal Thai Air Force held a decommissioning ceremony for the older examples of the Bell 412 in their fleet. Five aircraft have been retired, leaving six newer 412EP models. The five include two from the days that the 412 line was in Texas, which were brought into service in Thailand in... Read more

US hosts Royal Thai Army helicopter delegation

US hosts Royal Thai Army helicopter delegation

16-Sep-2021Source: Washington National Guard

Washington’s State Partnership Program kicked off another subject matter expert exchange by hosting a 10-member delegation of pilots and helicopter maintenance technicians from the Royal Thai Army. The cohort spent three weeks exchanging knowledge and expertise with their counterparts in the 96th Aviation Troop Command at the flight facility on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Aug. 23... Read more

Thai Aviation Services to replace S76Ds with AW139s

Thai Aviation Services to replace S76Ds with AW139s

7-Sep-2021Source: Milestone

The following announcement from Milestone comes as TAS is gradually getting rid of their five-strong Sikorsky S76D fleet.  Of these, two have been delivered to Caverton Helicopters in Nigeria and two of the others have not flown, one for two months and one for four months.  We understand one of the latter pair is destined... Read more

Embraer’s Eve and Ascent extend partnership

Embraer’s Eve and Ascent extend partnership

24-Aug-2021Source: Eve Air Mobility

Eve Urban Air Mobility, LLC, an Embraer company, and Ascent Flights Global Ltd. announced a deepening of their partnership aimed at developing a robust Urban Air Mobility (UAM) ecosystem in the Asia Pacific region. Beginning in 2026, Eve will provide Ascent with up to 100,000 hours of flight time per year on its electrical vertical... Read more

Thailand takes delivery of three more Mi-17V-5 helicopters

Thailand takes delivery of three more Mi-17V-5 helicopters

12-Apr-2021Source: Embassy of the Russian Federation

[electronic translation] On March 26, 2021, Russia completed the transfer to Thailand of three Mi-17V-5 multipurpose helicopters, which were purchased as part of Thailand’s state program to provide assistance to the population during natural disasters. The helicopter handover ceremony took place at the U-Tapao airbase with the participation of the Russian Ambassador to Thailand E.Yu.... Read more

Caverton Helicopters moves into S76D operations

Caverton Helicopters moves into S76D operations

19-Feb-2021Source: HeliHub.com

Nigerian operator Caverton Helicopters is moving into operations with Sikorsky S76D helicopters. This may be a response to the Bristow Helicopters flying eight S76Ds in their Nigerian fleet – the only location that the Houston-based global operator flies the D model on a regular basis.  Caverton’s offshore operations have in recent years been based around... Read more

Kawasaki receives 5-blade H145 order from Thai corporate operator

Kawasaki receives 5-blade H145 order from Thai corporate operator

9-Jul-2020Source: Kawasaki

Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. announced today the receipt of an order for its leading-edge H145//BK117 D-3 helicopter (D-3) by NMB-Minebea Thai Ltd. This is the first time Kawasaki has received a D-3 order from overseas, and the customer plans to utilize the helicopter for transport operations of its employee and related personnel in Thailand after... Read more

On-demand helicopter service Ascent takes off in Thailand

On-demand helicopter service Ascent takes off in Thailand

11-Jun-2020Source: Ascent

Ascent, Asia’s on-demand helicopter service, has announced its launch in Thailand within the year. Customers can now avail of private and by-the-seat helicopter flights within and between activity hubs, such as Bangkok, Chonburi, and Rayong for business or Hua Hin and Pattaya for leisure. With Ascent, customers skip the traffic and access remote locations in a matter of minutes,... Read more

US approves $400M sale for 8 AH-6i and related equipment to Thailand

US approves $400M sale for 8 AH-6i and related equipment to Thailand

10-Mar-2020Source: DSCA

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Thailand of eight (8) AH-6i light attack reconnaissance helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $400 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Thailand has requested... Read more

Royal Thai Air Force orders six Airbus H135 military trainers

Royal Thai Air Force orders six Airbus H135 military trainers

12-Feb-2020Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters has signed an order for six H135 military training helicopters from the Royal Thai Air Force, as part of its pilot training enhancement programme. The very first military training helicopters ever ordered by the Royal Thai Air Force, these new twin-engine H135s will be utilised for an array of training missions, including ab-initio flight training. They will complement... Read more

Schiebel awarded contract with Royal Thai Navy

Schiebel awarded contract with Royal Thai Navy

5-Nov-2019

Schiebel wins competitive tender to supply its CAMCOPTER® S-100 System to the Royal Thai Navy (RTN). Following an extensive competitive tender process, Schiebel was awarded its first contract with the RTN, which was signed by Schiebel’s CEO Hannes Hecher and Admiral Prachachart Sirisawat, Director General Naval Acquisition Management office of the Royal Thai Navy, and... Read more

Royal Thai Army prepares for more Enstrom 480Bs

Royal Thai Army prepares for more Enstrom 480Bs

2-Oct-2019Source: Air Forces Monthly

The Royal Thai Army (RTA) is receiving training on its latest batch of six Enstrom 480B helicopters ahead of delivery. Over the next four weeks, a total of 36 RTA pilots and mechanics will be visiting Enstrom facilities in Menominee, Michigan, to become trained to fly and support the turbine-powered helicopters. They will be split into two groups,... Read more

Safran and Thai Aviation Industries strengthen partnership

Safran and Thai Aviation Industries strengthen partnership

3-Jul-2019Source: Safran Helicopter Engines

Safran Helicopter Engines and Thai Aviation Industries (TAI) signed an agreement to extend their support to helicopter engines used by the Royal Thai Armed Forces and Thai parapublic operators. The agreement marks a new stage in a partnership that began in 2017, with Safran supporting Makila used on H225 operated by the Royal Thai Air... Read more

Six more Enstrom 480s for Thailand

Six more Enstrom 480s for Thailand

8-Mar-2019Source: Enstrom

Enstrom Helicopter Corporation is pleased to announce the sale of 6 turbine powered 480B aircraft to M-Landarch, the Enstrom Representative in Thailand. The $12m contract includes flight and maintenance training, and the aircraft are expected to deliver in the second half of 2019. The helicopters will be used for ab-initio and advanced flight training. The... Read more

Russian Helicopters holds the South Asian Heli Tour

Russian Helicopters holds the South Asian Heli Tour

27-Nov-2018Source: Russian Helicopters

Russian Helicopters Holding Company (part of Rostec State Corporation) has presented the newest civilian helicopters Ansat and Mi-171A2 to potential customers of Thailand during the South Asian Heli Tour. The event at the U-Tapao airfield included flight display of Russian-made rotorcraft. Moreover, during the presentation the Holding’s specialists introduced key benefits of Mi-171A2 and Ansat... Read more

Royal Thai Air Force receives two new H225Ms

Royal Thai Air Force receives two new H225Ms

25-Oct-2018Source: Airbus Helicopters

The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) has taken delivery of its seventh and eighth H225M (previously known as EC725) multirole utility helicopters. Since 2012, the RTAF has placed orders for a total of 12 H225Ms under its fleet modernisation programme. Belonging to a contract signed in 2016, these new additions will join the air force’s existing fleet of... Read more

Royal Thai Air Force expands fleet

Royal Thai Air Force expands fleet

21-Sep-2018Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters has secured an additional order of four H225M (previously known as EC725) multirole utility helicopters from the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF), as part of the fleet strengthening programme. This follow-on order will bring the RTAF’s H225M fleet to 12 units by 2021. Specially equipped with emergency flotation gear, fast roping, cargo sling,... Read more

CAA Thailand appoint CAAi to implement new aviation regulations

CAA Thailand appoint CAAi to implement new aviation regulations

12-Sep-2018Source: CAAi

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has selected the UK CAA’s technical cooperation arm, CAA International (CAAi), to review, draft and implement new ICAO complaint aviation regulations and procedures.Under the next phase of the capacity building programme, CAAi will assess the Thai Aviation Board Regulations (CABRs) against the ICAO Annexes, Standards and Recommended Practices and... Read more

Thai AF threatens legal action as drone flies near cave-evacuation helicopter

Thai AF threatens legal action as drone flies near cave-evacuation helicopter

10-Jul-2018Source: HeliHub.com

The Royal Thai Air Force is threatening to sue PPTV TV Station for flying a drone dangerously close to their MI-17 helicopter during an air evacuation. The helicopter was taking one of four rescued soccer players who had been trapped in the Tham Luang cave, reports Nation Multimedia. The owner of the drone had not... Read more

Thailand to acquire at least six new attack helicopters

Thailand to acquire at least six new attack helicopters

27-Jun-2018Source: HeliHub.com

The Royal Thai Army is looking to purchase 6 new attack helicopters. The announcement to replace their aging Bell AH-1F Cobras came at a press conference on June 12, reports JANE IHS. Helicopters that are under consideration include the Mil Mi-28, Kamov Ka-52, Boeing AH-64 Apache, Bell AH-1Z Viper, Airbus Helicopters’ Tiger, Harbin Aircraft Industry... Read more

Airbus and Thai Aviation Industries sign Thai military support contract

Airbus and Thai Aviation Industries sign Thai military support contract

9-Feb-2018Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters and Thai Aviation Industries (TAI) have signed an agreement to support all Airbus’ military and law enforcement helicopters in Thailand, over two years. Under this agreement, TAI will become the main Airbus Helicopters’ service provider in Thailand for the Royal Thai Armed Forces and Royal Thai Police. Airbus Helicopters’ signature HCare suite of... Read more

Russian signs memorandum on cooperation in aftersales with Datagate

Russian signs memorandum on cooperation in aftersales with Datagate

7-Feb-2018Source: Russian Helicopters

Russian Helicopters and the Thai company Datagate Co. Ltd. signed a memorandum of intent on cooperation in organization of the maintenance service center for Russian-made helicopters in the framework of international Singapore Airshow. The document was signed by Deputy General Director on Aftersales of Russian Helicopters, Igor Chechikov and Director of Datagate Ms. Issary Benjarattanaporn. Among the areas of cooperation... Read more

Iron Mountain awarded $7M contract for Foreign Military Sales for the Utility Helicopter Project Office.

Iron Mountain awarded $7M contract for Foreign Military Sales for the Utility Helicopter Project Office.

16-Nov-2017Source: US DoD

Iron Mountain Solutions,* Madison, Alabama, has been awarded a $7,018,280 modification (000011) to foreign military sales (Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Taiwan, Afghanistan, Mexico, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Sweden, Egypt, Slovakia, Tunisia, and Brazil) contract W31P4Q-17-A-0001 for technical support for the Utility Helicopter Project Office. Work will be performed in Madison, Alabama, with an estimated completion... Read more

Thailand signs AW101 MoU with Leonardo

Thailand signs AW101 MoU with Leonardo

13-Nov-2017Source: Leonardo

Leonardo signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Defence Technology Institute (DTI) of Thailand on November 8th covering technology transfer and the establishment of helicopter maintenance, repair & overhaul (MRO) capabilities in the country, should the AW101 aircraft be ordered for use by the Police, Army, Air Force and Navy. The MoU was signed... Read more

Thailand orders two Mi-17V5 Helicopters

Thailand orders two Mi-17V5 Helicopters

9-Nov-2017Source: HeliHub.com

Thailand has signed a contract with Russia for the delivery of two Military Mi-17V-5 helicopters. The helicopters will be used in the Royal Thai Army, reports TASS.... Read more

Royal Thai Police becomes first H175 operator in Asia Pacific

Royal Thai Police becomes first H175 operator in Asia Pacific

3-Oct-2017Source: Airbus

The Royal Thai Police has received two H175 helicopters from Airbus Helicopters, making it the first in Asia Pacific to operate the newest rotorcraft. The Royal Thai Police will be using this super medium aircraft, equipped with the latest aircraft technology and capabilities, for VVIP transportation and various police missions. “We welcome the Royal Thai... Read more

Safran and Thai Aviation Industries to support Royal Thai Armed Forces

Safran and Thai Aviation Industries to support Royal Thai Armed Forces

26-Jun-2017Source: Safran Helicopter Engines

Safran Helicopter Engines has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Thai Aviation Industries (TAI) during International Paris Air Show to support helicopter engines operated by Royal Thai Armed Forces. Royal Tai Armed Forces are operating Makila-powered H225M and Arriel-powered fleet of H125M, H145M, AS365N3+ and H155 in operation within the Royal Thai Air Force, Army,... Read more

Airbus Helicopters Congratulates Bangkok Helicopter Services for Ten Years of EMS Operations

Airbus Helicopters Congratulates Bangkok Helicopter Services for Ten Years of EMS Operations

27-Apr-2017Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters and Bangkok Helicopter Services (BHS) from Thailand held a ceremony at the Rotorcraft Asia Exhibition, to celebrate BHS as a pioneer in South East Asia for Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS), and committed operations for ten years. BHS has proved once again as a pioneer recently, operating since 2017 the first H145 in... Read more

Sikorsky plans Customer Support Centre in Thailand

Sikorsky plans Customer Support Centre in Thailand

19-Apr-2017Source: Lockheed Martin

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company today announced plans to expand its S-92® and S-76™ helicopter support services in the Asia-Pacific region. Thai Aviation Services is scheduled to become the first Sikorsky Customer Support Center in Thailand by the end of 2017. The announcement was made at the inaugural 2017 Rotorcraft Asia show. “This decision further... Read more

First Robinson R66 arrives in Thailand

First Robinson R66 arrives in Thailand

27-Jan-2017Source: HeliHub.com

Solaire Heliluck Aviation have recently imported the first R66 in Thailand, and it is now registered as HS-LLQ as seen in the photo here.  Engineering training and support for the built out of the crate was provided by Mornington Sanford Aviation. Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com  ... Read more

EXCLUSIVE – Royal Thai Army buys AW149 and six AW139s

EXCLUSIVE – Royal Thai Army buys AW149 and six AW139s

9-Dec-2016

HeliHub.com can exclusively announce that Leonardo appear to have made their first AW149 sale, with an aircraft for the Royal Thai Army now being test flown.  Seen in Marco Bianchi’s photo here, which he has given us permission to use, the Thai military flash is seen on the tail of this otherwise anonymous aircraft.  A... Read more

Royal Thai Air Force orders two more EC725s

Royal Thai Air Force orders two more EC725s

6-Oct-2016Source: Airbus Helicopters

The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) has ordered two additional mission-ready twin-engine EC725 (now marketed as the H225M Caracal) multirole utility helicopters as part of the continuation of its fleet strengthening programme agreement launched in 2012. Delivery of the two additional EC725s is scheduled for 2019. The RTAF’s EC725s are specially equipped with fast roping,... Read more

Royal Thai Navy Receives 5 H145Ms

Royal Thai Navy Receives 5 H145Ms

22-Sep-2016Source: HeliHub.com

The Royal Thai Navy’s U-Tapao air base recently received its order of 5 H145M light utility helicopters. The aim is to eventually replace their ageing Bell 212 helicopters which have been in serve for 38 years. The 5 H145Ms will be used in the 202nd Squadron, Wing 2 of the Royal Thai Navy’s Air Division,... Read more

Russian Helicopters to supply parts to Southeast Asian Armed Forces

Russian Helicopters to supply parts to Southeast Asian Armed Forces

20-Sep-2016Source: Rostec

At the Army 2016 forum, Russian Helicopters signed supply contracts for aviation inventory for helicopters that are in service for the Indonesian Air Force and the Royal Thai Armed Forces. Also, at the expo, the top managers of Russian Helicopters met with representatives of the Myanmar military agencies. The contract signed with the Indonesian authorities... Read more

Navy and Coastguards from 11 countries meet for HOSTAC conference

Navy and Coastguards from 11 countries meet for HOSTAC conference

8-Sep-2016Source: US Navy

Navy and Coast Guard representatives from 11 countries came together for dialogue and information sharing during a Helicopter Operations from Ships other Than Aircraft Carriers (HOSTAC) conference in Singapore, Aug 29-Sept 2. Conference participants represented Great Britain, Canada, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and the United States. HOSTAC is an... Read more

Bell 412EPI Participates in Royal Thai Army Aviation Day

Bell 412EPI Participates in Royal Thai Army Aviation Day

27-Jun-2016Source: HeliHub.com

Following its recent demonstration flights in Nepal, Bell have taken the 412EPI to the Royal Thai Army’s Aviation Day held June 14 at Sa Phan Nak Aero, Royal Thai Army Aviation Centre at Lopburi. They took the opportunity to present the aircraft to visitors at the event. “The Bell 412EPI continues to attract customers worldwide... Read more

Honeywell signs up Australian Helicopters, Toll Group and SFS Aviation

Honeywell signs up Australian Helicopters, Toll Group and SFS Aviation

2-Jun-2016Source: Honeywell

Honeywell has signed three new avionics protection plan agreements with Australian Helicopters, Toll Remote Logistics in Australia and SFS Aviation in Thailand. The three-year agreements cover a total of 17 helicopters under the Honeywell avionics protection plan, which include AgustaWestland AW139 and Sikorsky’s S-76 model. The Honeywell avionics protection plan offers commercial helicopters, business aviation... Read more

Royal Thai Navy receives first pair of H145M

Royal Thai Navy receives first pair of H145M

3-May-2016Source: Airbus

With today´s successful technical acceptance, Airbus Helicopters has handed over the first two of five lightweight military multi-role H145M helicopters to the Royal Thai Navy. This marks an important milestone in the H145M programme on its way to the final acceptance and entry into service in Thailand at the end of 2016. A delegation from... Read more

MD Helicopters appoints sales representative for South East Asia

MD Helicopters appoints sales representative for South East Asia

25-Apr-2016Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) welcomes Kuala Lumpur-based Sapura Aero as an authorized representative serving the South East Asian countries (ASEAN) of Malaysia, Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. As an authorized independent sales representative within the ASEAN region, Sapura Aero will offer the full range of MDHI’s commercial helicopter... Read more

Airbus takes H145 on new Far East demo tour

Airbus takes H145 on new Far East demo tour

22-Mar-2016Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters’ H145 is back in Asia to showcase its performance and capabilities through a series of demo flights in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Taiwan. The first H145 demo tour was held in Southeast Asia in 2013, covering Malaysia and Thailand. Since then, there has been an increasing interest in this rotorcraft, especially in the... Read more

Thai Aviation Services orders five S-76D and two S-92

Thai Aviation Services orders five S-76D and two S-92

1-Mar-2016Source: Sikorsky

Thai Aviation Services has informed Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (NYSE: LMT), of the decision to renew its existing fleet of commercial helicopters with five S-76D™ medium lift and two S-92® heavy lift aircraft. Selection of an all-new Sikorsky aircraft fleet will enable the Bangkok-based operator to continue its track record of providing safe, reliable... Read more

FAA downgrades Thailand safety rating

FAA downgrades Thailand safety rating

2-Dec-2015Source: FAA

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced that the Kingdom of Thailand does not comply with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) safety standards and has been assigned a Category 2 rating based on a reassessment of the country’s civil aviation authority. U.S. and Thai aviation officials have a long-standing cooperative relationship... Read more

Thailand – New H130 for Advance Aviation

Thailand – New H130 for Advance Aviation

18-Nov-2015Source: HeliHub.com

Thai operator Advance Aviation has posted to their Facebook page a photo of their new acquisition Airbus H130, serial 8090.  Still currently on test flights with Airbus Helicopters South East Asia in Singapore carrying French test registration F-WTCP, the aircraft will become HS-JCN once it becomes operational on Advance’s fleet in Thailand in the new... Read more

15-Oct-15 Bell Hc – Mong Kua, Thailand

15-Oct-15 Bell Hc – Mong Kua, Thailand

15-Oct-2015

Developed an engine problem and was forced to put down in a banana plantation.  Helicopter damaged, extent unknown... Read more

CAS awarded $8.6M for running Utility Helicopter Project Office at Huntsville

CAS awarded $8.6M for running Utility Helicopter Project Office at Huntsville

8-Sep-2015Source: US DoD

CAS Inc., Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded a $8,651,520 modification (003873) to foreign military sales contract (Mexico, Egypt, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, Colombia, Jordan, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Sweden, Slovakia) W31P4Q-05-A-0024 for labor hours and travel  supporting the Utility Helicopter Project Office.  Work will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama, with an estimated completion date of March... Read more

Royal Thai Air Force receives four EC725s

Royal Thai Air Force receives four EC725s

26-Aug-2015Source: Airbus

Airbus Helicopters has completed delivery of an initial four EC725s to the Royal Thai Air Force, providing highly-capable rotorcraft for this military service’s search and rescue and troop transport duties. The order of four EC725s was signed in 2012, with the deliveries having just been completed. They are expected to begin operations later this month.... Read more

Royal Thai Air Force receives three H225M with one more due

Royal Thai Air Force receives three H225M with one more due

15-Jun-2015Source: HeliHub.com

The Royal Thai Air Force ordered four H225M helicopters for SAR work back in September 2012 – when the model was known as the EC725 – and has now received the first three airframes at their base at Lop Buri.  The three are serialled 20301, 20302 and 20303. In a ceremony on 3rd June, Air... Read more

22-Apr-15 HS-PLL Robinson R44 Koh Kret, Thailand

22-Apr-15 HS-PLL Robinson R44 Koh Kret, Thailand

22-Apr-2015

Crashed and ended on its port side in farm field. Female passenger slightly wounded, while the two men were transported by a local rescue team to Chonpratan Hospital... Read more

Airbus Defense awarded $9M contract for Thai UH-72A work

Airbus Defense awarded $9M contract for Thai UH-72A work

19-Apr-2015Source: US DoD

Airbus Defense & Space Inc., Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $9,360,135 firm-fixed-price foreign military sales contract (Thailand) for UH-72A helicopter support, hardware, and services for the Royal Thai Army. Work will be performed in Thailand with an estimated completion date of March 31, 2017. One bid was solicited with one received. Fiscal 2015 other procurement... Read more

Weststar awarded five year contract for two AW139s

Weststar awarded five year contract for two AW139s

1-Apr-2015Source: HeliHub.com

Weststar Aviation Services has today started a new contract operating two AW139 helicopters to expand operations for oil and gas exploration under the Malaysia-Thailand Joint Authority.  Weststar are providing the helicopters to Carigali Hess Operating Company and Carigali PTTEPI Operating Company Sdn Bhd. The contract is worth 370 million Malaysian Ringgit ($100M), and will see the pair of helicopters... Read more

Vector Aerospace contracted by Royal Thai Navy for complete S-76B refurbishment

Vector Aerospace contracted by Royal Thai Navy for complete S-76B refurbishment

3-Mar-2015Source: Vector Aerospace

Vector Aerospace Corporation (“Vector Aerospace”), a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (“MRO”) services, is pleased to announce that Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services – North America (“HS-NA”) has been awarded a contract by the Royal Thai Navy (“RTN”) for the airframe refurbishment of one of the RTN’s Sikorsky S-76B aircraft including a complete... Read more

First Royal Thai Army pilots, engineers complete UH-72A training

First Royal Thai Army pilots, engineers complete UH-72A training

1-Mar-2015Source: Airbus

Six pilots and 10 maintenance technicians from the Royal Thai Army have successfully completed training to fly and maintain the UH-72A Lakota, the initial group of Thai pilots and aircraft maintenance technicians that will be trained to operate Lakotas for Thailand. The Thai pilots and technicians were honored Friday in a graduation ceremony at Airbus... Read more

Royal Thai Army signs for six VIP EC145T2s

Royal Thai Army signs for six VIP EC145T2s

23-Feb-2015Source: Airbus Helicopters

A further addition to the Royal Thai Army’s rotorcraft fleet has been committed with the acquisition of six Airbus Helicopters light-utility EC145 T2, which is the newest and most powerful model in Airbus Helicopters’ proven EC145 light twin-engine helicopter family. The Royal Thai Army signed for six EC145 T2s with a VIP installation, under the... Read more

21-Dec-14 Bell 206B Kampung Poyak, Thailand

21-Dec-14 Bell 206B Kampung Poyak, Thailand

21-Dec-2014

Crashed in bad weather in a rubber plantation, during flood relief operations.  Four POB named as pilots Capt Seksan Puraphol and Lt Apisit Prahacha, plus aircraft mechanics Pol Sgt Major Sa-ngun Muengkamrueng, and Pol Sgt Major Kittipong Saeng-Thit... Read more

Royal Thai Navy and Air Force acquire five EC645T2 and two EC725s

Royal Thai Navy and Air Force acquire five EC645T2 and two EC725s

23-Oct-2014Source: Airbus

The airborne capabilities of Thailand’s navy and air force will be significantly enhanced with the acquisition of two mission-ready Airbus Helicopters rotorcraft types: the light-utility EC645 T2 and the 11-ton-class EC725. The Royal Thai Navy signed for five EC645 T2s to be deployed on transport duties and other missions, with deliveries scheduled to begin in... Read more

Royal Thai Army order six UH-72A Lakotas

Royal Thai Army order six UH-72A Lakotas

30-Mar-2014Source: US DoD

EADS-N.A., Herndon, Va., was awarded a $34,018,858 modification (P00772) to sole-source, foreign military sales contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 for six Lakota helicopters with the environmental control unit, mission equipment package and airborne radio communication (ARC-231) radios for the Royal Thai Army. Fiscal 2010 other procurement, Army funds in the amount of $34,018,857 were obligated at the time... Read more

Royal Thai Army takes delivery of two AW139s

Royal Thai Army takes delivery of two AW139s

11-Feb-2014Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the Royal Thai Army has taken delivery of two AW139 twin-engine helicopters. Ordered at the end of 2012, these aircraft will perform transport and utility missions across the nation. The contract, which also includes a comprehensive maintenance and training package, marks the entrance of the AW139... Read more

Weststar starts seven year offshore contract in Thailand

Weststar starts seven year offshore contract in Thailand

7-Feb-2014Source: Weststar

Weststar Aviation Services Sdn. Bhd., a member of the Weststar Group of Companies, today announced the successful launch of its first regional expansion in Asia after its new Songkhla base in Thailand commenced operations on a seven-year PTT Exploration and Production (PTTEP) contract last Friday. Weststar Aviation Services expansion into Thailand comes after a joint... Read more

03-Feb-14 Schweizer 300C Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand

03-Feb-14 Schweizer 300C Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand

3-Feb-2014

Crashed onto truck on runway during night training flight... Read more

Thailand – SFS Aviation to add fifth AW139

Thailand – SFS Aviation to add fifth AW139

13-Jan-2014Source: HeliHub.com

SFS Aviation currently operate a fleet of four AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters. With the first two purchased in 2011 – one new and one pre-owned – the Thai operator has purchased one new aircraft in each of 2012 and 2013. The trend is set to continue with a further example to be added in 2014.  No... Read more

Royal Thai Army add R44 – with training from Heliluck and Mornington Sanford Aviation

Royal Thai Army add R44 – with training from Heliluck and Mornington Sanford Aviation

12-Dec-2013Source: HeliHub.com

The Thai Army are taking delivery of a Robinson R44 Raven II – serial 13525 – for evaluation, and it is scheduled to arrive in-country this month. Local operator – and Robinson dealer in Thailand – Heliluck Aviation is handling the whole project, with Richard Mornington Sanford of Mornington Sanford Aviation providing R44 type training... Read more

Eurocopter takes EC175 and EC145T2 on three-week tour of Asia

Eurocopter takes EC175 and EC145T2 on three-week tour of Asia

3-Dec-2013Source: Eurocopter

Two of Eurocopter’s newest members in its twin-engine helicopter family – the next-generation EC175 and evolved EC145 T2 – are coming to Asia for a three-week demonstration tour with operators in the oil and gas, VIP, corporate, charter, military and law enforcement segments. In addition to providing opportunities to experience the performance and capabilities of... Read more

LCI delivers new AW139 to Thailand’s SFS Aviation

LCI delivers new AW139 to Thailand’s SFS Aviation

12-Nov-2013Source: LCI

Lease Corporation International (LCI), the aviation division of the Libra Group, has delivered a new AgustaWestland AW139 helicopter to SFS Aviation in Asia. SFS Aviation, the first operator of the AW139 in Thailand, has leased the helicopter as part of a medium-term commitment, and it will be used by to provide offshore support services to... Read more

09-Oct-13 Bell Pattani, Thailand

09-Oct-13 Bell Pattani, Thailand

9-Oct-2013

Contacted wires while inspecting high-voltage transmission towers, causing the helicopter to crash into the Sai Bo La Yu Canal in Tambon Thepa.  Occupants, reported as ten in number (to inspect powerlines??) all escaped without serious injury... Read more

Thailand requests six UH-72A Lakotas

Thailand requests six UH-72A Lakotas

24-Jun-2013Source: DSCA

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress June 7 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Thailand of 6 UH-72A Lakota Helicopters and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $77 million. The Government of Thailand has requested a possible sale of 6 UH-72A Lakota Helicopters, spare and repair parts,... Read more

Helipartner Thailand orders 10 Eurocopter AS350B3e to lease out

Helipartner Thailand orders 10 Eurocopter AS350B3e to lease out

19-Jun-2013Source: Eurocopter

Helipartner Thailand’s order of 10 AS350 B3e highlights the effectiveness and capabilities of this Ecureuil family helicopter to meet the increasing demand for light helicopters in the ASEAN region. The acquisition of 10 Eurocopter enhanced high-performance AS350 B3e helicopters by Helipartner Thailand responds to increased demand for high-performance utility helicopters across ASEAN countries in support... Read more

17-Jun-13 Bell UH-1 Ban Na district, Thailand

17-Jun-13 Bell UH-1 Ban Na district, Thailand

17-Jun-2013

Eight POB, five injured of which one serious.  Emergency landing after reported tail rotor problem... Read more

Sikorsky awarded $11M contract for one UH-60M for Thailand

Sikorsky awarded $11M contract for one UH-60M for Thailand

9-May-2013Source: US DoD

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Conn., was awarded an $11,377,277 modification (P00055), to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, foreign-military-sales contract (W58RGZ-12-C-0008), to procure one UH-60M aircraft and related equipment.  This FMS contract is in support of Thailand.  The cumulative total face value of this contract is $4,819,188,496.  Fiscal 2013 Procurement funds are being obligated on this award.... Read more

Three UH-60M Black Hawks arrive in Thailand

Three UH-60M Black Hawks arrive in Thailand

12-Apr-2013Source: HeliHub.com

Following the FMS request made by Thailand in July 2011 (see story), the aircraft arrived in country on Monday of this week.  The three had been shipped on the containership Rickmers Seoul, and arrived at Laem Chabang after a voyage from New Orleans. The trio carry local military serials of 7220, 7221 and 7222 The US... Read more

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