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Helicopter MRO services - Covid-19 impact, attention to safety and flexibility

There‘s no denying that Covid-19 pandemic changed the aviation industry as a whole. According to IATA, in 2020 the aviation industry suffered a net loss of $118.5 billion. Aircraft were grounded, thousands of people found themselves unemployed, and the predictions for many areas of aviation industry were bleak.  However, while many aviation companies had to make big cuts, postpone or...

Shell selects H160 for operation by PHI in Gulf of Mexico

International energy group Shell has selected leading US offshore helicopter operator PHI to operate four Airbus H160s to service a support contract in the Gulf of Mexico. The contract marks the entry into the oil and gas market of the H160 with a wealth of design features promising new levels of safety, comfort and schedule reliability in offshore operations. The three companies &nda...

Mi-8AMTSh-VA arctic helicopters served for over 2,500 flight hours

The total flight time of Mi-8AMTSh-VA helicopters produced by the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant of the Russian Helicopters holding company (part of the Rostec State Corporation) have exceeded 2,500 hours. They have worked under the Arctic Forces of the Russian Ministry of Defense to provide troop transport, monitoring and search & rescue operations in the Far North. "The Ministry of Defe...

Airbus and Air Methods sign additional HCare support contract for fleet of 80 EC135s

Air Methods Corporation has signed another HCare support contract with Airbus Helicopters Inc., this time to cover its fleet of EC135 helicopters – the largest HCare contract signed with any civil customer to date. The order expands the number of Air Methods aircraft covered by Airbus support and services to 111, making Air Methods the largest HCare-covered single-operator civ...

Happy 20th anniversary of the first flight - AW139 - 1,200 sold, 1,100 delivered, 3 million flight hours

Leonardo celebrates the 20th anniversary of the AW139 helicopter maiden flight. The first aircraft took to the skies from the Company’s facility in Cascina Costa di Samarate, Italy on 3 February 2001. The helicopter flew for 45 minutes checking initial airworthiness tests, hovering, lateral and forward flight, handling qualities and subsystems. This soon confirmed the impressive ch...

SH09 flies after major retrofit

The SH09 third prototype (P3) recently took off, at Mollis, Switzerland, following a major modification.  This was part of the planned product development roadmap, towards the final Type Certificate configuration, as presented by Kopter during the 2020 HAI exhibition. This modification programme was successfully implemented thanks to the joint efforts of the Kopter and Leonardo t...

First EASA certified Bell 505 NXi delivered to Europe

Bell delivered the first EASA-certified Bell 505 NXi to a corporate customer in Europe. The delivery was made at the Bell Textron Prague facility. “We are proud to now offer the Bell 505 NXi to our European customers,” said Duncan Van De Velde, Managing Director, Bell Europe and Russia. “With receiving EASA certification at the end of 2020, every new Bell 505 comes standard wi...

Ansat helicopters to be equiped with Wi-Fi and Satellite Internet

Kazan Helicopters of Russian Helicopter holding company received approval from the Federal Air Transport Agency to equip Ansat helicopter with the Mku30 satellite communication system. This option will provide helicopter passengers with high-speed Internet access during the flight. This Ku band satellite communication system, created by MOST Satellite Systems, provides up to 2 Mbit/s Int...

What to expect at the upcoming Bell Live Showcase

As a way to continue engaging with customers and interested individuals across the world, Bell is offering the chance to take a virtual up-close look at our exceptional products and connect with our talented Bell leaders. Starting Feb. 1, viewers can visit the Bell Live Showcase site to watch aircraft and mission walkthrough demonstrations followed by live panels with Bell experts. From...

Testing started for the first Russian engine for light helicopters

The United Engine Corporation of Rostec has started testing a new VK-650V engine for Ka-226T and Ansat-U helicopters. The test was successful, and the engine started without problems at the UEC-Klimov test bench in St. Petersburg. Currently the engineers of UEC-Klimov in St. Petersburg have successfully completed the first third of the test program, evaluated the key parameters of the product,...

New medical Ansats will be equipped with incubators for saving newborns

Russian Helicopters will equip the updated Ansat medical helicopters with complexes for transporting newborns. The device has passed the necessary certification and received approval from the Federal Air Transport Agency. A new medical module, which is used in Ansat medical helicopters, has been supplemented with incubators for newborns. The module has a modified layout, adapted to unified...

Lifesaving phone location technology now linefit on Airbus H145 helicopter

CENTUM announced that Lifeseeker, its life-saving technology, has been certified for linefit on Airbus H145 helicopters. Lifeseeker uses signals from a missing person’s mobile phone to guide search and rescue (SAR) teams to the right place quickly. It helps make SAR missions more effective and efficient, saving lives and optimizing operational costs. Lifeseeker turns the phone into a...