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6 million flight hours and 25 years of operation - Bell 407

More than 6 million flight hours and 25 years of operation. What’s next for this versatile aircraft? A global platform renowned for its versatility and reliability, the Bell 407 aircraft has played an essential role in critical missions for more than 25 years. The aircraft sets a high-standard for single-engine aircraft with its unmatched reliability and performance in hot, high or mari...

Next-generation H160 receives JCAB approval

The Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) has granted its type certification for Airbus Helicopters’ multi-role twin-engine H160, heralding a new chapter for helicopter operations in Japan. “It is an honour to receive the H160 type certification from the JCAB. This certification, following the recent completion of Japan’s H160 first flight in France, paves the way to the aircraft...

Modernized Ka-32A11M to be presented at MAKS

Russian Helicopters will present a modernized Ka-32A11M fire-fighting helicopter at the MAKS-2021 International Aviation and Space Salon, held in Zhukovsky near Moscow in July. Ka-32 modernization program includes a glass cockpit with an avionics system, more powerful VK-2500PS-02 engines and a new fire extinguishing system. "Ka-32 is recognized all over the world as one of the best h...

Jamaica Defence Force receives milestone Bell 505 Jet Ranger X to support public safety and future pilot training

Bell Textron announced the 300th Bell 505 Jet Ranger X delivery to the Jamaica Defence Force. The first Bell 505 was delivered in 2017, and today there are 300 aircraft in operation across six continents, with customers logging more than 70,000 global fleet hours.  “The Bell 505 is one of Bell’s fastest growing commercial programs to date, surpassing several significant mi...

Flexjet and Sentient Jet parent company acquires Halo Aviation

Flexjet and Sentient Jet got a new sister company,Halo Aviation, a leading provider of helicopter transportation services in the United Kingdom. The transaction follows the acquisition earlier this year of Associated Aircraft Group, the premier provider of executive Sikorsky helicopter service in the Northeastern United States. These moves position Flexjet, Sentient Jet and their sister...

Bell 505 cargo hook is EASA certified

Bell 505 cargo hook has been approved by European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to carry up to 2,000 pounds (907 kg) giving the aircraft an external gross weight capability of 4,475 pounds (2,030 kg). “The cargo hook capabilities are an important enhancement for the aircraft and an added capability for utility and public safety operations,” said Duncan Van De Velde, Managing D...

Russian Helicopters extinguish fires in eleven countries

Helicopters of the Mi and Ka brands, produced by the enterprises under the Russian Helicopters holding company, have since the beginning of 2021 taken part in firefighting operations in more than 10 countries of Asia, Europe and Latin America. In particular, Russian-made helicopters were used in India, South Korea, Thailand, Croatia, Argentina, Spain, China, Georgia, Indonesia, Mexico and Chile....

EpiShuttle isolation pod helps save lives and protects air ambulance staff

Transport of patients with coronavirus infection pose a set of risks. The isolation pod EpiShuttle allows for transport of highly infectious patients by air while keeping doctors and pilots safe. Thanks to donations, Luxembourg Air Rescue was able to commission an EpiShuttle for their helicopters last year. The much-needed isolation stretcher allows for fast and safe transport of Covid-19 patie...

Airbus to test advanced autonomous features on helicopter Flightlab

Airbus is introducing autonomous features to its helicopter Flightlab through a project code-named Vertex. These technologies aim to simplify mission preparation and management, reduce helicopter pilot workload, and further increase safety. The autonomous technology bricks set to integrate the Flightlab are: vision based sensors and algorithms for situational awareness and obstacle detection; f...

Meet Leonardo AW09 - newcomer into its helicopter portfolio

One year after completing the acquisition of the Swiss Company Kopter Group AG (Kopter), Leonardo welcomes the SH09 single-engine helicopter as a full member of its product range by rebranding it as the AW09. This step synergizes the two identities of Leonardo and Kopter. The AW09 perfectly complements the existing product range of Leonardo, allowing the Company to increase its share in th...

Ansat Helicopter can lift up to 1,000 Kg on an External Sling

Russian Helicopters holding company of Rostec State Corporation equips Ansat helicopter with an external sling to lift oversized cargo weighing up to 1,000 kg or carry a helicopter bucket for firefighting operations. This is already the fifth option available for configuring the helicopter for specific tasks. During tests at the Kazan Helicopters facility, the helicopter climbed to an altitude...

Bell completes its 60th 505 European delivery to Montenegro Air Force

Bell delivered of another Bell 505 to the Montenegro Air Force, making it the 60th Bell 505 aircraft in Europe. “Delivering 60 505s to Europe is an exciting milestone for Bell,” said Patrick Moulay, Senior Vice President, International Business. “This achievement is a testament to the performance of the Bell 505 and our customers’ confidence in the aircr...