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Airbus Helicopters H160 receives EASA approval

Airbus Helicopters multi-role twin engine H160 has been granted its type certificate by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), marking a new chapter for the programme. The company is expecting FAA certification to follow shortly prior to first delivery to an undisclosed US customer later this year.  “The successful completion of the H160 Type Certificate is...

Horizon International Flight Academy: more than 1,000 flight hours in its Bell 505 fleet

Horizon International Flight Academy has logged more than 1,000 flight hours in its Bell 505 fleet, mainly utilized to train military pilots. Horizon’s training academy is in the United Arab Emirates .“Crossing the 1,000-flight hour threshold in less than three months from its latest aircraft registration is a testament to Horizon and the Bell 505s ability to quickly meet mission requi...

Safran to support German and Norwegian NH90 engines

Safran Helicopter Engines has signed a support contract with the NATO Helicopter Management Agency to support 276 NH90 engines owned by Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support) in Germany and the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency. The RTM322 engines will be covered by Safran’s Global Support Package under NAHEMA management. This NH90...

Five new helicopters for Japan National Police Agency

Japan National Police Agency has ordered one new H225 and four H135 helicopters as part of its fleet modernisation programme. Currently operating 12 H135, four H155 and six AS365 helicopters, with one H215 and two H225 already on order, NPA deploys its growing fleet for missions including law enforcement, personnel and VIP transport, goods transportation, disaster relief, as well as...

Kopter SH09 helicopter test flights go ahead in Sicily

The flight test activities of the third prototype of the SH09 single-engine helicopter have restarted in Pozzallo, Sicily, in Italy last week. The Kopter flight test & prototype maintenance teams arrived in Pozzallo earlier this month to prepare P3 and perform all necessary technical checks to resume the flight tests that had been halted since the 10th of March due to the Covid-...

Bell Training Academy launches virtual course platform

The Bell Training Academy will offer virtual pilot and maintenance training for global customers who may be unable to travel to Bell’s global training facilities. “This is one of many virtual support offerings in the initial phase of Bell’s customer support and services modernization effort,” said Sam Nelson, general manager, Bell Global Training Academy. “I...

Type certification by EASA granted to five-bladed H145

Airbus Helicopters five-bladed H145 has been certified by EASA, clearing the way for customer deliveries towards the end of summer 2020. The certification covers the full range of capabilities, including single-pilot and instrument flight rules and single engine operations, along with night vision goggles capability. “Our new five bladed H145 is an excellent example of our quest...

Rostec made the first civilian Mi-8AMT Arctic helicopter

Russian Helicopters started serial production of Mi-8AMT Arctic helicopters for civilian customers. Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant made the first rotorcraft which is ready to start operation.  Mi-8AMT helicopter in its Arctic version completed the flight-test program and the procedure of acceptance by an independent commission of the Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsiya). The rotorcr...

AW109 Trekker: Leonardo success in the French EMS market

Leonardo AW109 Trekker light twin engine helicopter has been chosen as the new helicopter to support Emergency Medical Service operations from Rouen Hospital in Normandie, France. One aircraft, with a specially customised EMS interior, is expected be delivered by the end of 2020 from Leonardo’s Vergiate final assembly line in Italy, and the rotorcraft will be operated by S.A.F. Hé...

Montenegro Air Force Signs Purchase Agreement for Two Bell 505s

Montenegro Air Force has signed a purchase agreement for two Bell 505 Jet Ranger X’s. These new aircraft will be used to train the Montenegrin military pilots. The agreement also provides that Bell will provide training for three pilots in France and eight technicians at its Bell Training Academy in Fort Worth, TX. The helicopters will be delivered out of our Bell-owned service center in Pra...

GKN Aerospace thermoplastic components flight tested on Bell V-280 Valor

GKN Aerospace delivered a pair of thermoplastic composite, induction-welded Ruddervators and two compression-moulded Access Panels manufactured from reused thermoplastic waste material to Bell in June 2019. The newly installed components have now flown more than 12 hours on V-280 test flights, including during the recently completed autonomous flight testing.   The Bell test pilots we...

Helitrans accepts first helicopters under e-delivery process

Helitrans of Norway has become the first customer to take delivery of new Airbus helicopters using the e-Delivery process devised to enable deliveries while ensuring compliance with COVID-19 health and safety restrictions. Trondheim-based Helitrans formally accepted the latest two H125s into its fleet following a series of actions that allowed all the requirements of the normal process to be me...