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Maintenance center for Russian aircraft opens in Peru

The maintenance and repair center for Russian-made helicopters Helicentro Peru has been launched in Lima at the facilities of the Peruvian Air Force Maintenance Service – SEMAN. Built in partnership with Russian Helicopters (part of Rostec State Corporation), the center will provide maintenance for Mi-type aircraft. The official opening ceremony was attended by CEO of Russian He...

Lithuanian Air Force renews Dauphin HCare Infinite contract

Fleet of three AS365 N3+ has achieved 97% average availability over three years The Lithuanian Air Force (LAF) has renewed its HCare Infinite material management contract for its fleet of three Dauphin AS365 N3+ search and rescue (SAR) helicopters following achievement of 97% average fleet availability over a three-year period. These helicopters entered service performing SAR...

Russian Helicopters to certify a service center in Egypt in 2019

Russian Helicopters Holding Company (part of Rostec State Corporation) is completing the creation of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) center for Mi-8/17 helicopters based at the facilities of Helwan Factory for Developed Industries (HFDI) in Helwan (Egypt). The Holding Company is to certify the MRO center in Egypt in 2019. During the first stage, the center will be carrying out maintenanc...

Russian Helicopters completes its Southeast Asian demo tour

Mi-171A2 and Ansat helicopters, manufactured by the Russian Helicopters holding company (part of State Corporation Rostec), completed a demonstration tour of the countries of Southeast Asia. Attendees of Airshow China in Zhuhai, China, as well as potential customers from Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia, familiarized themselves with the capabilities of both aircraft. Full-scale demonstrati...

Airbus Helicopters expands presence in Japan

Riding on its growing business, Airbus Helicopters will be adding a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) complex adjacent to its existing facility in the Kobe Airport Facility in Japan. Construction will commence in June 2019, with the new facility expected to be operational in November 2019.  The company’s existing facility is capable of accommodating up to 25 medium-sized helicop...

Bestfly enters rotary market with addition of two Leonardo AW139 helicopters in partnership with Héli-Union.

Bestfly, the Angola-based aviation services company has entered the rotary market with the addition of two Leonardo AW139 helicopters to its Luanda-based fleet in partnership with Héli-Union. The Bestfly/Héli-Union partnership is operating the machines for an undisclosed leading energy supplier with numerous on and off shore locations in Angola. They will be used predominantly for me...

Sea Lion takes next steps towards first delivery

The NH90 Sea Lion has recently achieved two important milestones ahead of the first delivery at the end of 2019. Completion of the German Navy Sea Lion qualification tests In the beginning of November, all ground and flight tests for the qualification of the new NH90 variant for the German Navy, the NH90 Sea Lion, were concluded. The formal closure of the qualification is expected in th...

Serbia receives first out of nine H145Ms

The Serbian Minister of Defence AleksandarVulin visited the Airbus Helicopters Donauwörth site to accept the first H145M for the Serbian Air Force. In December, two H145Ms will be delivered to the Serbian Ministry of Interior. Altogether, Serbia will receive nine H145Ms, earmarked for the Air Force and for the Ministry of Interior. Four of the Air Force’s aircraft wi...

SH09 latest prototype begins flight trials

Kopter Group AG (Kopter) has commenced the next phase of its helicopter development and certification program with its latest SH09 prototype number 3 (P3). P3 has achieved the necessary technical clearance and regulatory compliance to start flight tests. Designed in Switzerland and assembled at the Kopter facility at Mollis airfield, it incorporates several improvements and modifications based...

AirTaxi.ph takes delivery of its first H130 for tourism charters in the Philippines

Philippines’ largest charter operator AirTaxi.ph welcomed its first single-engine H130 helicopter. Currently operating two H145 helicopters, the new H130 will be dedicated for commercial operations, including passenger transport and sightseeing services in the Southern islands of the Philippines, including Boracay, Cebu and Palawan. “We are excited to introduce the first H...

Russian Helicopters presents Mi-171A2 and Ansat in Cambodia

Russian Helicopters Holding Company (part of Rostec State Corporation) has presented its Mi-171A2 and Ansat civil helicopters in Phnom Penh (Cambodia) during the South Asian Heli Tour. The delegation of the Russian Helicopters Holding Company demonstrated key competitive advantages of Mi-171A2 and Ansat rotorcraft and provided information to the guests of the event about the after-sales service...

Saudi Aramco Aviation: A Pioneer Past and a Promising Future - Rotor-Wing Operations

Around the clock in the skies over the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia, helicopters are being flown on and offshore. This shuttling of passengers from land to sea and back again is part of the nonstop 24/7 activities of the Saudi Aramco Aviation Department’s rotor-wing operations. Offshore oil fields, along with the requisite need for operators to run the drilling barges and offshore platfo...