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Chip Mong Group purchases First Bell 429 helicopter in Cambodia

Bell announced the sale of one Bell 429 helicopter to Cambodia’s Chip Mong Group Co., Ltd. It is the first Bell 429 sale in Cambodia. Chip Mong, a leading real estate, hospitality, beverages, retail and banking conglomerate, intends to use the Bell 429 for corporate transport and chartering purposes. “Our acquisition of the state-of-the-art Bell 429 demonstrates...

First rotorcraft customer to use Sustainable Aviation Fuel for training - Bell

Bell will begin incorporating Sustainable Aviation Fuel into all Bell Training Academy and customer demonstration fleet aircraft. Bell will be the first rotorcraft customer to receive SAF supply from global aviation fuel supplier, Avfuel Corporation.  “Bell is an active supporter of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association’s sustainable fuel initiative, and...

7th Airbus H145 for the German Armed Forces Search and Rescue service

Airbus Helicopters has handed over the seventh and last H145 for the search and rescue (SAR) service of the Bundeswehr to the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) on time. The previously delivered helicopters are used for training and field testing and are available 24/7 at the Niederstetten and Nörvenich air bases for rescue operatio...

European Rotors is on track for a successful show debut in November

The helicopter and VTOL world is coming to Cologne in November this year. The new show format EUROPEAN ROTORS is getting a very positive feedback and strong support from the market with many market leaders having already signed-up for the premiere. The organizers European Helicopter Association (EHA) and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) have set up a platform that combines a leadin...

AW109 Trekker enters the Indonesian helicopter market

Leonardo delivered an AW109 Trekker light twin to FlyKomala of Indonesia, marking the entrance of the type into the country’s helicopter market. The aircraft will be used by the operator to carry out a range of missions including passenger transport, utility transport, disaster relief, and emergency support duties. FlyKomala will benefit from best in class performance and payload, large...

ROTORTRADE reports sustained 2020 results and pursues active global development

Rotortrade announced healthy results for 2020 reaching 27 bookings within the 12 month period only 3 less than 2019. “While slightly below our targets set pre-Covid, we are very satisfied with our results which show our resilience and most of all the adequacy of our business model. Having now 9 locations around the world has enabled us to stay agile and close to our customers...

Helicopter MRO services - Covid-19 impact, attention to safety and flexibility

There‘s no denying that Covid-19 pandemic changed the aviation industry as a whole. According to IATA, in 2020 the aviation industry suffered a net loss of $118.5 billion. Aircraft were grounded, thousands of people found themselves unemployed, and the predictions for many areas of aviation industry were bleak.  However, while many aviation companies had to make big cuts, postpone or...

Shell selects H160 for operation by PHI in Gulf of Mexico

International energy group Shell has selected leading US offshore helicopter operator PHI to operate four Airbus H160s to service a support contract in the Gulf of Mexico. The contract marks the entry into the oil and gas market of the H160 with a wealth of design features promising new levels of safety, comfort and schedule reliability in offshore operations. The three companies &nda...

Mi-8AMTSh-VA arctic helicopters served for over 2,500 flight hours

The total flight time of Mi-8AMTSh-VA helicopters produced by the Ulan-Ude Aviation Plant of the Russian Helicopters holding company (part of the Rostec State Corporation) have exceeded 2,500 hours. They have worked under the Arctic Forces of the Russian Ministry of Defense to provide troop transport, monitoring and search & rescue operations in the Far North. "The Ministry of Defe...

Airbus and Air Methods sign additional HCare support contract for fleet of 80 EC135s

Air Methods Corporation has signed another HCare support contract with Airbus Helicopters Inc., this time to cover its fleet of EC135 helicopters – the largest HCare contract signed with any civil customer to date. The order expands the number of Air Methods aircraft covered by Airbus support and services to 111, making Air Methods the largest HCare-covered single-operator civ...

Happy 20th anniversary of the first flight - AW139 - 1,200 sold, 1,100 delivered, 3 million flight hours

Leonardo celebrates the 20th anniversary of the AW139 helicopter maiden flight. The first aircraft took to the skies from the Company’s facility in Cascina Costa di Samarate, Italy on 3 February 2001. The helicopter flew for 45 minutes checking initial airworthiness tests, hovering, lateral and forward flight, handling qualities and subsystems. This soon confirmed the impressive ch...

SH09 flies after major retrofit

The SH09 third prototype (P3) recently took off, at Mollis, Switzerland, following a major modification.  This was part of the planned product development roadmap, towards the final Type Certificate configuration, as presented by Kopter during the 2020 HAI exhibition. This modification programme was successfully implemented thanks to the joint efforts of the Kopter and Leonardo t...