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China acquires six AW189 helicopters for Maritime SAR operations

Rescue and Salvage Bureau of Ministry of Transport, PRC (MOT CRS) has signed a contract for six AW189 super-medium twin-engine helicopters, which will be utilised across the coastlines of China for maritime SAR operations. The fleet deliveries will be completed by 2023.  The PRC (MOT CRS) is China's only national maritime professional rescue and salvage force. It undertakes a range of...

Alto Group took delivery of Australia first Bell 429 wheeled landing gear helicopter

Bell announced the sale and delivery of a Bell 429 in a wheeled landing gear (WLG) configuration to Australia’s Alto Group. This would be the first Bell 429 WLG helicopter in Australia and Alto Group’s third Bell helicopter. The Alto Group is a leading Australian automotive retailer, employing over 600 people and selling upwards of 12,000 vehicles annually. When delivered, the Alt...

First Airbus ACH130 Aston Martin edition helicopter delivered in the Philippines

Airbus has delivered a brand new ACH130 Aston Martin Edition helicopter to an existing private customer who is already flying the H130 across the Philippine archipelago. This will also be the first ACH130 Aston Martin Edition helicopter delivered in South East Asia. The helicopter, one of the most distinctive sights in the skies, will immediately enter service in the Philippines, and will be pr...

Two AW139 helicopters will join the U.S. Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration

Leonardo presence in the U.S. government continues to grow with today’s announcement of a contract for two AW139 aircraft by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. The NNSA through the Department of Energy has two locations: on the East Coast at Andrew’s Air Force Base in Maryland and on the West Coast at Henderson Airport in Nevada. N...

Australian Nautilus Aviation added five Bell 407GXi helicopters

Australian Nautilus Aviation purchased five Bell 407GXi helicopters. The aircraft are scheduled to be progressively delivered from late 2022 and will be used for tourism charter and utility flights in North Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef region.  “Nautilus Aviation has been operating helicopters for more than 25 years. Based on our helicopter fleet and steadfast commitmen...

Streamlining a future full of growth - The Helicopter Company & Rotortrade integration partnership

The Helicopter Company and Rotortrade have entered into a strategic partnership that will allow each company to expand their operation and meet the growing demand for helicopter services. This successful partnership with Rotortrade contributes to THC’s strategy of building a new activation sector in Saudi Arabia while it supports their broader expansion in the helicopter industry....

Create your flying experience - Bell launched Designer Series Interior for Bell 429

Bell introduced a new Designer Series interior for the Bell 429. The Bell 429 complete with the new interior debuted at HAI’s Heli-Expo. The Designer Series interior upgrades all cabin materials including: High-quality leathers Enhanced flooring – hardwood and carpet options Improved seat tailoring that’s now removeable and replaceable in the field  Metal fini...

Swiss air-rescue service Rega orders nine five-bladed H145s

The Swiss Air-Rescue Service Rega has ordered nine five-bladed Airbus H145s to replace its current four-bladed versions. Rega’s new H145s will come equipped with a state-of-the-art navigation system that will enhance the mission capabilities and the safety of operations. “We are very grateful to open another chapter in the relationship between our two organisations with this order f...

Safran and Bell to collaborate on sustainable aviation fuel initiative for Bell 505

Safran Helicopter Engines  and Bell Textron announced a collaboration intitiative to explore technical performance and economic impacts of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) on the Arrius 2R-powered Bell 505. A single, dedicated Bell 505 aircraft will conduct flights solely with the use of blended SAF. Both Bell and Safran Helicopter Engines will evaluate engine and aircraft performance data to...

Bell increases presence in Switzerland with purchase agreements for three aircraft

At HAI Heli-Expo 2022 Bell announced the purchase agreements for three aircraft to customers in Switzerland. Centaurium Aviation, a Swiss helicopter sales and acquisition company, has expanded its Bell fleet with the purchase of a Bell 429. The signing ceremony was held at HAI Heli-Expo with Centaurium Aviation CEO and founder, Daniel Borer, and Duncan Van De Velde, managing director, Europe,...

Digital services for helicopter engine monitoring & first SBH contract - Safran at HAI Heli-Expo 2022

All Nippon Helicopter has signed a Support-By-the-Hour contract with Safran Helicopter Engines to support Arrano engines powering its brand new Airbus H160 helicopter. This contract formalizes a MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul) and service agreement supporting the two engines of the helicopter. This is the first-ever SBH contact signed for the Arrano. This contract will be man...

Government of Spain selects Pratt & Whitney Canada PW206B3 engines to power 36 Airbus H135 twin-engine helicopters

Pratt & Whitney Canada PW206B3 helicopter engine has been selected by the Government of Spain to power 36 Airbus H135 helicopters. The new order is part of a multi-agency acquisition program to equip the Spanish Air force, Spanish Navy, Guardia Civil and National Police with the latest generation light-twin helicopter. “The PW206B3 is the third variant of the PW206B engine develo...