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Paradise Helicopters expands fleet with first twin-engine helicopter - Dec/08/2017, 12:01PM

By Katie Murar – Reporter, Pacific Business News; Dec 7, 2017

Paradise Helicopters has added a twin-engine Bell 430, becoming the first Hawaii tour company to operate a twin-engine helicopter.

The Kona-based helicopter will be available for customer charters as well as flights under a recent partnership with the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts in Hawaii...

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Report forecasts 59% utilization of offshore helicopters 2017-2022 - Dec/05/2017, 12:51PM

5 Dec, 17, Source: West Wood Energy

The offshore helicopter market has finally started to recover following some three years of decline. Rotorcraft operators have reorganised, restructured and recognised that the outlook in the near-term is for modest growth. In our latest analysis, covering the period to 2022, we conclude that the market still presents opportunities for the supply...Read More

Airbus Helicopters ramping up H175 production - Nov/29/2017, 1:26PM

November 29, 2017 by Thierry Dubois

Airbus Helicopters is, at last, ramping up the production of the H175 super medium twin to levels the company had been planning before the offshore oil-and-gas downturn hit in 2013 to 2014.

Eleven examples of the H175 will be delivered this year, according to program director Marc Allongue. Next year, the production rate is to increase...

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NHSL gets two new aircraft - Nov/28/2017, 3:01PM

Wednesday 22 November 2017 Newsday
With the introduction of two new aircraft – an AgustaWestland AW139 and Airbus H135 – a first for this country, it would transform the aviation industry into one which is a model of safety and enterprise par excellence.

General Manager of the National Helicopter Services Limited (NHSL) Capt Homer Solomon made the comments yesterday, adding the...Read More

Australia’s first H175s set to touch down in Darwin - Nov/27/2017, 9:44PM

November 27, 2017; Babcock Press Release
Darwin aviation enthusiasts are encouraged to turn their attention skyward on Nov. 27. One of the world’s largest transport aircraft, the Antonov An-124, is set to touch down at Darwin International Airport, carrying Babcock Australasia’s cargo of two Airbus H175 super-medium helicopters....

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South Korea’s National 119 Rescue Headquarters acquires two H225 helicopters - Nov/22/2017, 10:00AM

November 22, 2017; Airbus Helicopters Press Release

Airbus Helicopters has been awarded a contract from South Korea’s National 119 Rescue Headquarters for the purchase of two additional H225 helicopters.

The National 119 Rescue Headquarters currently operates an all-Airbus helicopter fleet comprising of two AS365 N2s and two H225s....

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Era Helicopters writes off $117M from EC225 fleet - Nov/20/2017, 10:11PM

20 Nov, 17, Source: HeliHub.com

In the recent Q3 earnings call with financial analysts, Era Helicopters President and CEO Chris Bradshaw provided the following commentary as part of his introduction:-

“The next topic is an update on the status of H225 and AS332 L2 model helicopters following the fatal accidents off the coast of Norway in April 2016, and resultant operational...Read More

150th H145 delivered to HTM - Nov/16/2017, 7:00PM

16 Nov, 17, Source: Russian Helicopters

Helicopter Travel Munich (HTM) recently took delivery of the 150th H145 built in Donauwörth. The German operator, whose fleet of aircraft also includes H125s and H135s, will use the H145 from January for offshore deployments over the North Sea. Prior to its entry into service at its base in Emden, the customer will fit the helicopter with a rescue...Read More

Falcon Aviation expands its commitment to the H160 - Nov/15/2017, 9:37AM

Posted on November 15, 2017; Airbus Helicopters Press Release
Falcon Aviation and Airbus Helicopters have signed a new MoU at the Dubai Airshow expanding their commitment to the H160, adding three additional helicopters to the original letter of intent (LOI) signed in May 2016.

“We took the decision to increase our request following a flight demonstration where we got the...Read More

Sikorsky S-92 helicopters certified to operate in Mexico - Nov/15/2017, 9:35AM

Posted on November 14, 2017; Lockheed Martin Press Release

Mexico’s directorate general of civil aeronautics (DGAC) approved the offshore and utility type certificate for the Sikorsky S-92 helicopter.

The certificate enables the operation of S-92 helicopters in Mexico, in all production configurations including offshore oil-and-gas transportation, search-and-rescue, as well as...Read More

Abu Dhabi Aviation expands Leonardo AW139 offshore fleet - Nov/14/2017, 9:36AM

Posted on November 14, 2017; Leonardo Press Release

Leonardo announced on Nov. 13 that Abu Dhabi Aviation (ADA) has signed a contract for two additional AW139 intermediate twin-engine helicopters. The announcement was made during an official ceremony at the Dubai Air Show.

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EASA certifies Bell 505 at last - Nov/14/2017, 9:35AM

13 Nov, 17, Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the certification of the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

“This is a significant milestone for the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X and I know our customers in Europe are thrilled to hear the news as well,” said Patrick Moulay...

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Airbus completes sale of Vector Aerospace to StandardAero - Nov/06/2017, 9:47PM

Posted on November 3, 2017; StandarAero Press Release
StandardAero Aviation Holdings, Inc. and Airbus SE announced on Nov. 3 that they have finalized the acquisition by StandardAero of Vector Aerospace Holding SAS from Airbus...

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PHI acquiring Montreal firm's offshore helicopter business - Nov/01/2017, 12:45PM

BY TED GRIGGS Oct 31, 2017
Lafayette-based helicopter services company PHI is acquiring Montreal-based HNZ Group's offshore operations in the Pacific.

Under the agreement, HNZ Chief Executive Officer and President Don Wall will acquire all of HNZ's stock for $188.8 million. PHI will then buy HNZ's offshore business in New Zealand, Australia, the Philippines and Papua New Guinea...Read More

AW139s to support Queensland Government’s helicopter fleet modernization program - Oct/27/2017, 9:06AM

Posted on October 24, 2017; Leonardo Press Release
Leonardo announced on Oct. 24 that the Government of Queensland in Australia has placed an order for two additional Leonardo AW139 intermediate twin-engine helicopters...

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Bell delivers 39 commercial helicopters in Q3, records $106M profit - Oct/21/2017, 12:51PM

Posted on October 19, 2017 by Vertical Mag
Revenues at Bell Helicopter were up $78 million in the third quarter, with the manufacturer delivering 39 commercial helicopters and recording a profit of $106 million....

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Leonardo: Firefighting helicopters to be deployed by Japanese prefectures and agencies - Oct/17/2017, 11:07PM

Posted on October 16, 2017; Leonardo Press Release
Leonardo announced on Oct. 16, 2017, that it has significantly grown its market share in the Japanese helicopter market by securing orders for AW169, AW139 and AW189 helicopters in firefighting configuration following highly competitive tenders...

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AW169 scores first contract success in the U.S. emergency services market - Oct/17/2017, 11:06PM

Posted on October 16, 2017; Leonardo Press Release
Leonardo announced on Oct. 16, 2017, at the Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) in Fort Worth, Texas, that Travis County, Texas, has signed a contract for three AgustaWestland AW169s for its STAR Flight program — as the county-based EMS provider upgrades its helicopter fleet to more modern and capable aircraft.

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Bell says 505 Jet Ranger X EASA certification imminent - Oct/17/2017, 11:02PM

Posted on October 16, 2017 by Oliver Johnson
Bell is expecting the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to certify the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X “in the next few weeks,” as the first European customers get set to begin their training on the type.

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Third H160 prototype joins the flight test campaign - Oct/17/2017, 11:00PM

Posted on October 13, 2017; Airbus Press Release
The third H160 prototype (PT3) performed its maiden flight at the company’s headquarters on Oct. 13, 2017. PT3, with its cabin interior configuration similar to that of a serial aircraft, will contribute to certification activities and flight testing to ensure the aircraft’s level of maturity ahead of entry into service in 2019.

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