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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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Leonardo AW169 obtains first Danish order and enters U.K.’s wind farm support market - Oct/17/2017, 10:59PM

Posted on October 12, 2017; Leonardo Press Release
Leonardo has signed a contract with Uni-Fly A/S of Denmark for two AgustaWestland AW169 light intermediate twin-engine helicopters.

The aircraft will enter service in the first quarter of 2018 to perform wind farm support operations for DONG Energy at Hornsea Project One, in the North Sea — 120 kilometres offshore from Humberside...Read More

Airbus Helicopters CEO: I want to use the H225 accident to enhance safety - Oct/13/2017, 11:01AM

Posted on October 10, 2017 by Thierry Dubois
Airbus Helicopters CEO Guillaume Faury has defended the global performance of the H225 program, and claimed the situation facing the aircraft in the North Sea, where operators appear reluctant to operate the type again after an accident in April 2016, should be seen as an opportunity to raise the overall level of safety in the industry.......Read More

Omni signs contract with Fairfield - Oct/10/2017, 12:49PM

Posted on October 10, 2017; Omni Taxi Aereo Press Release

Omni Táxi Aéreo has signed a contract with Fairfield do Brasil to assist its campaign for the acquisition of seismic data in Libra field, located at the Santos Basin Pre-Salt area, off the coast of Brazil.

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Cornwall Air Ambulance to replace MD902 with AW169 - Oct/09/2017, 2:04PM

5 Oct, 17, Source: Specialist Aviation Services
UK based Specialist Aviation Services is delighted to announce that it has been selected as the preferred bidder by Cornwall Air Ambulance to provide an AW169 EMS under a ten year contract starting in 2019.

The decision follows a competitive tendering process carried out by Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust ahead of the end of the...Read More

Air Zermatt orders second Bell 429 - Oct/09/2017, 2:02PM

6 Oct, 17
Bell Helicopter announced today the signed purchase agreement for a Bell 429 to Air Zermatt during Helitech International. The aircraft is configured to support Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) and Search and Rescue (SAR) for day and night missions.

“Air Zermatt is one of the most iconic Bell helicopters in operation and we are honored they have selected to...Read More

Helitech 2017: European landing for Bell 505 imminent - Oct/09/2017, 2:01PM

6th October 2017 - 10:10 GMT | by Alice Budge in London
Despite a series of delays, Bell Helicopter’s efforts to secure EASA certification for the Bell 505 is expected to be completed within the next few weeks.

Speaking at Helitech International, Patrick Moulay, executive VP of commercial sales and marketing at Bell Helicopter, said that once EASA certification is confirmed...Read More

Airbus Helicopters and NHV celebrate three years of H175 operations - Oct/06/2017, 12:29PM

Posted on October 5, 2017; Airbus Helicopters Press Release
Airbus Helicopters and NHV are celebrating three years since the introduction of the H175 to the North Sea and strengthen their partnership to keep setting standards for offshore transport operations with this super medium helicopter.

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Bristow CEO says offshore transport market is ‘broken economically’ - Oct/06/2017, 12:25PM

Posted on October 5, 2017 by Oliver Johnson
The offshore transportation market is in the midst of a “structural downturn” and requires fundamental change as it rebuilds, according to Bristow president and CEO Jonathan Baliff...

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Royal Thai Police becomes first H175 operator in Asia Pacific - Oct/05/2017, 8:00AM

3 Oct, 17, Source: 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.

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Airbus Helicopters and Southern Vietnam Helicopter Corporation celebrate 30 years of collaboration - Oct/05/2017, 8:00AM

October 4, 2017; Airbus Helicopters Press Release
Airbus Helicopters has presented VNH South with an award celebrating its 30 years of flying Airbus helicopters in offshore missions.

“We are honored to recognize VNH South for their dedication and to highlight our longstanding partnership,” said Guillaume Faury, president and CEO of Airbus Helicopters.

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Airbus Helicopters and Southern Vietnam Helicopter Corporation celebrate 30 years of collaboration - Oct/05/2017, 7:59AM

October 4, 2017; Airbus Helicopters Press Release
Airbus Helicopters has presented VNH South with an award celebrating its 30 years of flying Airbus helicopters in offshore missions.

“We are honored to recognize VNH South for their dedication and to highlight our longstanding partnership,” said Guillaume Faury, president and CEO of Airbus Helicopters.

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