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Leonardo and Safran partner for AW09 single-engine helicopter propulsion system

Leonardo and Safran Helicopter Engines have joined forces to further enhance the capabilities and competitiveness of the next generation AW09 single-engine helicopter. The production aircraft will feature the 1,000 shp class of power Arriel 2K engine, the newest generation of the Arriel family. The selection of the new engine guarantee the most efficient level of industrialization, global sup...

Year 2022 - solidified recovery for Airbus Helicopters

In 2022, Airbus Helicopters logged 374 gross orders (net: 362), highlighting the ongoing market recovery with an impressive 216 light single engine helicopters sold. Deliveries increased from 338 in 2021 to 344 in 2022, contributing to Airbus Helicopters’ preliminary 52% share of the civil and parapublic market . Airbus’ helicopter...

EUROPEAN ROTORS 2023 coming to Madrid later this year

One of the most dynamic business-to-business trade shows celebrating the European VTOL industry is coming to Madrid November 28–30, 2023. Thousands of vertical flight professionals will gather for the third annual EUROPEAN ROTORS show to conduct business worth millions of Euros.  The three-day show attracts hundreds of exhibitors from the helicopter and advanced air mobility&nbs...

Safran signs SBH support contract with Yellowhead Helicopters

Safran Helicopter Engines has signed a contract with Yellowhead Helicopters to support Arriel powering its AS350 and H125 fleets. This Support-By-the-Hour contract formalizes a long-term Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul and services agreement supporting 21 engines. This contract will be managed by Safran Helicopter Engines Canada, in Mirabel, Quebec, which provide North American cus...

Mission sustainability - Swiss Helicopter exclusively climate-neutral from 2023

The Swiss helicopter company and flight school Swiss Helicopter is consistently implementing its sustainability strategy and will offer all passenger flights exclusively climate-neutral from 2023.  In view of the global climate challenges, the aviation industry in particular has a duty to reduce or offset its emissions. Swiss Helicopter  accepts this responsibility and has therefore...

Garmin announces GI 275 electronic flight instrument certification for Airbus AS350 helicopters

Garmin announced Supplemental Type Certification by the FAA for the GI 275 electronic flight instrument in Airbus AS350 helicopters. A powerful solution for helicopter owners and operators, the GI 275 is a scalable, cost-conscious approach to an avionics upgrade that is a direct replacement for a variety of legacy primary flight instruments in the cockpit, including the primary...

U.S. Department of Defense exercises option for 26 TH-73A “Thrasher” helicopters

Leonardo welcomes the announcement made by the U.S. Department of Defense to award AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corp. a 110.5 million USD firm-fixed price modification to the previously awarded contract for the U.S. Navy’s Advanced Helicopter Training System. This modification exercises an option for the production and delivery of 26 TH-73A Lot IV aircraft in support of the program for the Na...

Leonardo awarded €690 million contract for the AW101/CH-149 CMLU project

Canadian Department of National Defence has awarded Leonardo a €690 million contract for the AW101/CH-149 “Cormorant” Mid-Life Upgrade Project for 16 aircraft in total, comprising 13 existing Cormorant Search and Rescue Helicopter currently in-service and the augmentation of a further three aircraft. This contract will enhance the aircraft’s systems and technologie...

Austrian MoD takes delivery of its first AW169M LUH helicopter

First of 18 helicopters was delivered in line with contractual obligations. The Austrian MoD’s AW169M LUH programme begins a new era in national defence and emergency response capabilities. Options for an additional 18 helicopters have been exercised in the framework of the Italy-Austria G2G initiative aimed at reinforcing the bilateral collaboration between the two countries and establishin...

In support of UKSAR2G Search and Rescue programme Bristow to purchase six AW139 helicopters

Bristow Group signed a contract to procure six AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters to support the Second-Generation Search and Rescue Aviation programme by the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency. Aircraft’s deliveries are expected to start in 2023 and to be completed in 2024, joining an existing fleet of nine AW189 super medium twin engine SAR helicopters as part of the UKSAR2G...

The Helicopter Company signs HCare In-Service contract for fleet of six ACH160 helicopters

The Helicopter Company (THC), established by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) as the first helicopter services provider licensed to operate commercial flights in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has signed an HCare In-Service contract to cover its future fleet of six ACH160 helicopters.When delivered, the ACH160s will be deployed across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for corporate transportation ser...

Rega orders 12 additional five-bladed H145s for its mountain bases

Swiss Air-Rescue Service Rega has ordered a second batch of 12 five-bladed H145 helicopters to be operated from its mountain bases. They will replace the current fleet of AW109SP helicopters. This new order follows an initial contract for nine H145s, announced in March this year. By 2026, Rega will operate an all-Airbus fleet consisting of 21 five-bladed H145s. Bruno Even, CEO of Airbus He...