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Leonardo completed the acquisition of Kopter

Leonardo announced the closing of the acquisition of Kopter Group AG (Kopter) from Lynwood (Schweiz). The purchase price, on a cash and debt free basis, consists of a $185 million fixed component plus an earn-out mechanism linked to certain milestones over the life of the programme, starting from 2022. The acquisition of Kopter allows Leonardo to further strengthen its worldwide leadership...

Two more H225 helicopters for Japan Coast Guard

Japan largest Super Puma operator, Japan Coast Guard (JCG), has placed a new order of two H225 helicopters. This follow-on order brings JCG’s Super Puma fleet to 15, comprising two AS332s and 13 H225s. The new helicopters will be utilised for territorial coastal activities, security enforcement, as well as disaster relief missions in Japan. “We thank the Japan Co...

Utah Rotor Pathway Program Receives $1.1 Million Grant

The Utah State Legislature recently approved a Strategic Workforce Initiative grant to Southern Utah University to support the growth of the Utah Rotor Pathway Program, a government-industry-education partnership preparing Utah students for high-growth occupations while serving regional industry workforce needs. The grant totals $386,000 per year for three years, for a total of $1,158,000....

Temporary closure of London Heliport

The coronavirus pandemic is having a severe impact on commercial travel and the general aviation industry. The London Heliport in Battersea, South London has been working closely with all relevant authorities and will continue to follow the latest advice from Public Health England and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.  Accordingly, with immediate effect and no forward bookings, The...

Ansat to be equipped with modules for transporting infants

Kazan Helicopters received a permission from Rosaviatsiya to equip Ansat helicopters with a special module for transporting neonatal patients. This equipment can be used to provide evacuation and airborne medical care to infants. Ansat equipped with the neonatal transport module passed whole range of necessary certification tests. During the ground testing stage, the certification team dem...

New and unique helicopter show in Cologne: EUROPEAN ROTORS

Eight months before its premiere, the new show format for the international rotorcraft community is on course for success. Numerous companies and institutions have already committed to participate in the first edition of EUROPEAN ROTORS. Some 300 exhibitors from all over the world are expected in hall 8 of Koelnmesse, in Cologne, Germany. The positive response is an answer to the pooled forces of...

Guardian Flight helicopter base in Kenai, Alaska

Guardian Flight will open its first rotor wing base in Alaska at Kenai Municipal Airport this spring. The Airbus H125 helicopter will serve Alaska's Kenai Peninsula's hospitals including South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna and Providence Seward Medical Center in Seward. "GMR and Guardian Flight Alaska are pleased to expand our services t...

Ansat got a certificate for the Emergency Floatation System

The Federal Air Transport Agency - Rosaviatsiya, certified the installation of the Emergency Floatation System on Ansat helicopter. It is designed for emergency water landing and is used to save lives of the crew and passengers. Rosaviatsiya also issued Kazan Helicopters of Russian Helicopters holding company the approval for the main change: the reduction in&nbs...

Southern Utah University selects Bell 505 to offer advanced pilot and technical training

Southern Utah University (SUU) purchaised a Bell 505 Jet Ranger X to add to its existing fleet of helicopters for student training. Southern Utah University offers training in Rotor Wing Pilot or Fixed Wing Pilot components. These tracks share a common core of general education and general aviation core courses. SUU Aviation is a University flight training program in Cedar City, Utah wit...

Erickson debuts composite main rotor blades

Erickson Incorporated announced FAA approval of its next-generation composite main rotor blades. After many years of manufacturing metal blades, Erickson has invested in the future of the S-64 rotorcraft by designing, certifying, and building composite main rotor blades that will bring many dramatic benefits. Erickson began the process of designing the new blades in 2008, working closely...

Mi-171A2 reaches record speed at the Baikal Mile festival

Russian Helicopters Mi-171A2 helicopter established a Russian record: it reached a maximum speed at a limited distance of 1.6 kilometers. During the “Baikal Mile” festival the civilian helicopter operated by the crew of the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant (U-UAZ) reached the speed of 268 kph at a minimum altitude of 20 meters. The U-UAZ crew set the r...

First serial produced Mi-38 delivered to a client

Russian Helicopters delivered the first serial produced Mi-38 helicopter with a highly comfortable cabin to its client, Gazprombank Leasing company. The helicopter, built by Kazan Helicopters, will be operated by Russian Helicopter Systems (RHS). The delivery ceremony for the first serial Mi-38 was held at the Kazan Helicopters facility. The ceremony was attended by the President of the Republic...