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Garmin GI 275 electronic flight instrument certification for Bell 407 and Robinson R66 helicopters

Garmin announced Supplemental Type Certification by FAA for the GI 275 electronic flight instrument in Bell 407 and Robinson R66 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 th...

Budget boost brings brand new LifeFlight base to Sunshine Coast

LifeFlight will build a new helicopter and jet base on the Sunshine Coast, following the announcement of more than $586 million in additional Government funding over the next ten years, for the state-wide aeromedical service. The record funding arrangement gives certainty to Queenslanders that for the next decade, the vital search, rescue and aeromedical services provided by LifeFlight will c...

Bell announced first 407GXi purchase agreement in Turkey

Bell Textron signed purchase agreement for the first Bell 407GXi in Turkey, to Turkish customer Sancak Air. This aircraft will join its fleet which includes a Bell 430 and a 206. With its Rolls-Royce M250-C47E/4 dual-channel FADEC turbine engine, the Bell 407GXi delivers impressive performance and fuel efficiency, with ability to cruise at 133 kts (246 km/h). It also comes equipped with the l...

Ministry of Defense of Argentina to acquire six Bell 407GXi

Bell Textron Canada announced the purchase agreement for six Bell 407GXi helicopters. The government-to-government contract was executed between the Ministry of Defense of Argentina and the Canadian Commercial Corporation. The Bell 407GXi helicopters will be operated by the Argentinean Air Force and Army to assist in Search and Rescue Missions.  John Ramos, managing director, Latin Am...

Air Corporate of Italy orders 43 Airbus helicopters at EBACE 2023

Leading Italian business aviation operator Air Corporate has placed a firm order for 43 helicopters from Airbus. The helicopters include 40 single-engine helicopters (H125/H130) plus three ACH160s from Airbus Corporate Helicopters in Line configuration with the Lounge package to add to two ACH160s already on order. The contract is the largest commercial helicopter order booked by Airbus...

Emergency room in the sky: a look into the Bell 429 light-weight HEMS interior kits

When emergencies happen, the minutes matter. For first responders, being able to access the necessary air medical equipment to navigate in life-threatening situations is imperative. With the Bell 429 three lightweight and spacious HEMS interior kit options, first responders can do what they do best: save lives. For many years, Bell has teamed with Med-Pac, Inc., United RotorCraft, AEROLI...

Airbus Helicopters delivers first H135 to the Spanish Air and Space Force

Airbus delivered first H135 to Spanish Air and Space Force in Albacete. This is the eighth helicopter delivered under the 36-unit contract signed at the end of 2021 to supply the Armed Forces and State Security Forces. This delivery is six months ahead of schedule, which will facilitate crew training and the entry into service of the H135 for the 78th Wing at the MIlitary School of Helic...

Bell Textron Canada partners with Alpine Aerotech and Heli-One to extend life of CH-146 Griffon fleet

Bell Textron Canada awarded subcontracts to Alpine Aerotech LP and Heli-One Canada ULC to support the Canadian Armed Forces in the modernization of its CH-146 Griffon aircraft fleet. As the original manufacturer and intellectual property owner of the CH-146 Griffon helicopters, Bell was awarded the contract to extend the life of the 85-helicopter fleet in May 2022 by Public Services and Procuremen...

Helicopter flight paths to reduced emissions

Helicopters fly essential missions and can literally make life-saving interventions. With such an important role, there might be an assumption that their environmental impact might be less of a priority. Yet, in increasing numbers helicopter operators are committing themselves to reducing their emissions in a variety of ways. Protecting the environment for future generations forms a key part...

Royal Canadian Air Force expands contract for Search and Rescue lifesaving technology

The Canadian Department of National Defence extended its use of CENTUM Lifeseeker for Royal Canadian Air Force Search and Rescue operations. The RCAF is now using an increased total of eight units on its fleet of SAR helicopters and fixed wing aircraft. Lifeseeker enables SAR operators to locate people quickly and accurately, saving lives and optimizing operational costs....

Airbus hands over first two H145 helicopters to Bavarian Police

Airbus delivered first two of eight five-bladed H145s to the Bavarian Police. These first two helicopters will be used in the training of pilots and crews which will begin shortly, ensuring a smooth transition from the current H135 fleet which has been in service for more than twelve years, to the larger H145 helicopters. Delivery of the first fully equipped police helicopter is sch...

Eagle Copters Maintenance in Australia becomes Bell facility

Following the acquisition in 2022, Bell Textron announced the renaming of Eagle Copters Maintenance to Bell Textron Australia.Formed in 2013 by Eagle Copters Ltd. (Eagle), a Calgary, Canada-based company, and Aero Assist, an Australian company, ECM brings decades of experience in helicopter support and local knowledge to its customers across its facilities in Coffs Harbour and...