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First EMS AW169 launched in the Nordics - Feb/14/2018, 12:01AM

12 Feb, 18, Source: Nordic Rotors
Babcock Scandinavian AirAmbulance (BSAA) is pleased to announce that it has launched the very first state-of-the-art AW169 helicopter in active Emergency Medical Service (EMS) duty in the Nordics. The helicopter is operated on behalf of Region Jämtland Härjedalen and it replaces the AS365N2 “Dauphin” that the company has operated in the region since 2006...Read More

Leonardo grows in Indonesia with new helicopter orders and deliveries - Feb/09/2018, 9:51AM

Posted on February 8, 2018; Leonardo Press Release

Indonesia remains a strong growth market for Leonardo thanks to a new order in the country for two light intermediate AW169s intended for corporate transport. The helicopters, the first of this model ordered in Indonesia, will be delivered by the end of 2018.

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Asahi Broadcasting Corporation chooses AW169 - Feb/09/2018, 9:48AM

7 Feb, 18, Source: Leonardo
Leonardo and Mitsui Bussan Aerospace, the official distributor in Japan for the AW169 and AW139 helicopter models, announced today the signing of a contract with Asahi Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) for one AW169 light intermediate helicopter. The aircraft, replacing an older model, will be used to perform electronic newsgathering (ENG) operations, with entry...Read More

Follow-on Bell 412 order for Philippine Air Force - Feb/08/2018, 1:39PM

6 Feb, 18, Source: Bell Helicopter
Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announces today the signature of a purchase agreement with the Philippine Department of National Defense (DND) for 16 Bell 412EPI helicopters that will be operated by the Philippine Air Force (PAF).

The 16 Bell 412EPI helicopters, fully configured and equipped with advanced features, are being...Read More

Bell delivers first 505 Jet Ranger in Asia Pacific region - Feb/08/2018, 1:37PM

6 Feb, 18,
Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the delivery of two Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopters to Nautilus Aviation. These are the first Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopters delivered into the Asia Pacific region, where Bell expects to see the highest demand globally for the new 505s...

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Omni returns H225 to operation for Total E&P - Feb/04/2018, 12:50PM

Posted on February 2, 2018; Omni Táxi Aéreo Press Release

Omni Táxi Aéreo has signed a contract with Total E&P for passenger transportation and medical evacuation (medevac) coverage in Lapa’s Field, at Santos Basin...

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Omni signs contract with Dommo Energia - Feb/04/2018, 12:48PM

Posted on January 29, 2018; Omni Táxi Aéreo Press Release

Omni Táxi Aéreo will transport Dommo Energia’s passengers to its floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels and rig, at Tubarão Martelo field, located south of Campos Basin, in Brazil....

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AW139 re-enters service with Everett - Feb/01/2018, 4:50PM

31st January 2018 - 02:01 GMT | by The Shephard News Team RSS
Everett Aviation has re-introduced its AW139 helicopter to its fleet, the company announced on 30 January.
The company previously operated the AW139 for crew transport and search and rescue for international oil companies.
Everett’s AW139 has now re-entered service, operating for Statoil from Everett’s private oil...Read More

Heli Union increases AW139 fleet through leasing - Jan/20/2018, 9:46AM

January 19, 2018; Heli Union Press Release

Heli Union has received one Leonardo AW139 helicopter to support its offshore helicopter operations in Gabon. The market-leading intermediate twin-engine helicopter is leased from a renowned helicopter leasing company.

The leased helicopter will operate on a new contract in Gabon for offshore passenger crew change from Port Gentil...Read More

Babcock premieres first AW169 ambulance service in Nordic region - Jan/17/2018, 12:14PM

January 17, 2018; Babcock Scandinavian AirAmbulance Press Release
As the first operator in the Nordic countries, Babcock Scandinavian AirAmbulance (BSAA) announced on Jan. 16 that its state-of-the-art Leonardo AW169 is now in active ambulance service.

The helicopter is operated on behalf of Region Jamtland Harjedalen, and it replaces the former AS365 Dauphin that the company has...Read More

Falcon Aviation and Leonardo partner for new helicopter offshore and onshore contract for Kuwait Oil Company - Jan/17/2018, 12:13PM

January 17, 2018; Falcon Aviation Press Release
Falcon Aviation, one of the UAE’s leading aviation companies specializing in business aviation services, charter and aircraft management, confirmed on Jan. 17 at the Kuwait Aviation Show that three new Leonardo AW169 helicopters (signed for at the recent Dubai Airshow) will be deployed on a five-year contract with The Kuwait Oil Company (...Read More

Wiking commences UK windfarm operations with H145 - Jan/12/2018, 4:10PM

12 Jan, 18, Source: HeliHub.com
Turkish-owned German-based operator Wiking Helikopter Service has started its wind farm support contract in the UK. Airbus H145 D-HOAE has been ferried from Emden in Germany across the North Sea to Norwich on 7th January. Later the same day it positioned to its new base at Great Oakley Airfield, near Harwich.

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Ultimate Heli deploys 2 Bell 412EPs to Antarctica for scientific support - Jan/08/2018, 10:32AM

January 8, 2018; Ultimate Heli Press Release
Ultimate Heli is a provider of helicopter services, supplying the safest and most efficient helicopter charter, helicopter maintenance, advanced helicopter training, utility helicopters, and helicopter support worldwide.

Ultimate Heli has announced that it has deployed two Bell 412EPs to Antarctica. The helicopters and crews departed...Read More

Short Term Plan to Save Bell 525 Relentless - Jan/08/2018, 10:30AM

5 Jan, 18, Source: HeliHub.com
In order to survive the recent oil and gas depression, Bell has come up with a short term plan to save their 525 Relentless. They plan to marinize their 525 prototypes. This includes coating the brackets with primer, corrosion protection applied to the electrical and hydraulic systems and a new high nickel zinc coating which is more environmentally friendly...Read More

Better, Faster, Stronger: The Canadian Coast Guard’s new helicopter fleet - Jan/06/2018, 1:52PM

Posted on January 5, 2018 by Oliver Johnson

From the Atlantic, to the Pacific, to the Arctic, Canada’s coastline — the longest of any country in the world — is huge enough to border three oceans. Seven million Canadians live in coastal areas, and a good number of these are in incredibly remote and unforgiving environments. And from coast to coast to coast, the distinctive red and white...Read More

Irish SAR S92s saved 175 lives in 2017 - Jan/04/2018, 4:22PM

3 Jan, 18, Source: HeliHub.com
Coast Guard Helicopters, provided by CHC Ireland, are proud to review the year of 2017. They conducted 750 missions, assisted 316 and were able to save 175 people, reports Flying in Ireland.

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AW139 global helicopter fleet reaches two million flight hours - Jan/02/2018, 10:08AM

Posted on December 27, 2017; Leonardo Press Release

The AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopter global fleet has reached an outstanding milestone of two million flight hours, across all operational scenarios on five continents, while performing a wide range of missions with commercial, government, and military operators. This accomplishment was reached just three years after the...Read More

Faasa Aviation wins 12 month extension to firefighting contract in Andalucia - Jan/02/2018, 10:06AM

2 Jan, 18, Source: Andalucia Government

The Governing Council has authorized the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning an expense of 14.57 million euros for the extension , for one year, of the hiring of helicopters for the fight against forest fires , with the company Faasa aviation . This lot, whose validity ends next December 31, is one of the five that form part of the global...Read More

New developments for the Bell 412 - Dec/20/2017, 1:23PM

20 Dec, 17, Source: HeliHub.com
Bell has plans for a new version of their popular 412 twin. On 8th December, Bell Canada registered C-FYVM with MSN 39101, a big departure from their current MSN series which started at 37001 and currently runs to 37039 for the 412EPI. Although listed as a 412EP, this newly registered aircraft is marked as “Experimental”...

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Babcock introduces two H175s to the Southern Hemisphere - Dec/20/2017, 1:22PM

December 19, 2017; Airbus Helicopters Press Release
Global offshore service provider Babcock International has taken delivery of two H175s at a ceremony in Darwin, Australia.

Babcock’s aircraft are the first H175s to be introduced into the Southern Hemisphere and will be based in Dili, Timor Leste.

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