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

5 Jan, 18, Source:
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:
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:
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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Bell Helicopter delivers 4 412EPs to Argentina - Dec/12/2017, 3:56PM

December 11, 2017; Bell Helicopter Press Release
Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, announced on Dec. 11 the delivery of four Bell 412EP helicopters to Argentina.

The Government of Argentina will use these aircraft for search-and-rescue operations; humanitarian assistance and disaster relief; peacekeeping support; scientific operations in the Antarctic; and other missions...Read More

8 more AW139s to strengthen rescue and border patrol in Italy - Dec/12/2017, 3:38PM

December 12, 2017; Leonardo Press Release
Leonardo announced on Dec. 11 further orders for its AW139 intermediate twin-engine helicopter for public service and security operations in Italy, with contracts for eight aircraft valued at approximately €112 million.

The Italian Coast Guard has signed a contract for two AW139s to perform search-and-rescue (SAR) missions, with deliveries...Read More

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:

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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