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Airbus Helicopters and China GDAT sign for 50 H160 helicopters

Airbus Helicopters signed a contract with GDAT for 50 H160 helicopters. This contract is the largest single order for the H160 on the civil and parapublic market since the helicopter was unveiled in 2015. The aircraft will be used notably for the energy sector, including offshore transportation for oil and gas platforms, wind farms and harbour piloting, as well as emergency medical...

Autopilot system for Bell 407GXi certified in United Kingdom

Bell 407GXi 3-axis autopilot has received certification from the United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority. Patrick Moulay, senior vice president, International Sales, commented: “We are thrilled to offer the Bell 3-axis autopilot for the Bell 407GXi to our customers in the UK. The system allows for decreased pilot workload and assistance in the event of inadvertent Instrument M...

Iridium partner SKYTRAC provides truly global connectivity for offshore search and rescue helicopter

Iridium Communications partner SKYTRAC is providing Iridium satellite connectivity to a Sikorsky S-92, which will be used for Search and Rescue off the shores of Guyana. SKYTRAC will enable truly global, weather-resilient, reliable connectivity for the S-92 helicopter with its ISAT-200A solution as well as BIue Sky Network’s Iridium Certus Connected SkyLink 7100.  Brya...

Flexjet Europe unveils new private helicopter division

Flexjet welcomed its first super-midsize Sikorsky S-76 helicopter to its European fleet, as it becomes the first private jet operator in Europe launcing an in-house, integrated helicopter division. The new service, initially focused on the UK, aims to redefine luxury point-to-point private travel, in a first of its kind move in Europe, and follows a similar launch last year by the compan...

New orders confirm Leonardo’s strong position in the global commercial helicopter market

Following successful Heli-Expo 2023 Leonardo announces further growth within the commercial helicopter market, with new orders for nearly 40 aircraft of various models to several operators across Middle East, Asia, Americas and Europe primarily for energy support, rescue and public service duties, and VIP transport operations. Combined orders for the AW139, AW169, AW109 GrandNew and AW10...

Further strengthening type’s market leadership in Japan - Mitsui Bussan Aerospace signs for six AW139

Mitsui Bussan Aerospace, the authorised distributor for the Leonardo AW139, AW169 and AW189 helicopter models in Japan, announced with Leonardo orders recently signed for a total of six AW139s, to meet the requirements of various upcoming opportunities in the country. These latest orders confirm the continuous success of the AW139 in Japan with nearly 70 units currently in operation. The AW139...

Lower pre-owned helicopter market activity in 2022 compared to 2021, yet the industry is largely optimistic for 2023

The RT365 – 2023 Helicopter Market Report records lower helicopter trading activity throughout 2022 compared to the previous year. This is due to worldwide economic struggles to fight recession, geopolitical crises and general inflation. While brand-new sales increased, the pre-owned market dropped 20% year-on-year. Meanwhile, supply and demand have started to stabilize since the middle...

Norwegian Air Ambulance expands its H145 fleet

Norwegian Air Ambulance is ordering two five-bladed H145s to be used for life-saving missions in Norway. Today, Norwegian Air Ambulance operates all 13 HEMS bases in Norway using a 100% Helionix-equipped fleet of H135s and H145s. The organisation's mother company, the Norwegian Air Ambulance Foundation, was the first operator in the world to take delivery of a five-bladed H145 in 2020....

Bell 505 helicopters delivered to the Kingdom of Bahrain

Bell delivered of three Bell 505 helicopters to the Royal Bahrain Air Force. Bell delivered the aircraft during an inspection and acceptance event in February 2023 at Bell’s Mirabel facility. The Bahrain Defense Force has flown the Bell 212 and multiple generations of AH-1 attack helicopters. This delivery marks the first 505 helicopters for the country and includes a package with...

First Bell 407GXi in Taiwan goes to Ginger Aviation

Taiwan to Ginger Aviation signed purchase agreement of the first Bell 407GXi helicopter in Taiwan.Founded by Taiwanese conglomerates in the utilities and aviation industry in 2022, Ginger Aviation plans to use their Bell 407GXi to address a growing demand for helicopter powerline wash and inspections in country.  Jacinto Monge, managing director, Asia Pacific, Bell, commented: &l...

Refreshed ACH130 Aston Martin Edition with revised range of interior and exterior colours

Airbus Corporate Helicopters has unveiled an eye-catching new range of external liveries and cabin interiors for its ACH130 Aston Martin Edition. Launched at Heli Expo 2023, the updated selection of colour schemes and finishings reflects the latest thinking of Aston Martin’s design team applied to its ultra-luxury sports cars. The refresh features a spectrum of distinctive external...

Bell 429 continues its corporate VIP success in Europe with latest purchase by World Aviation

Bell signed purchase agreement for a Bell 429 to be operated by World Aviation, the Independent Representative for Bell in Spain. The aircraft will be delivered to a private owner and operated for charter and corporate VIP transport in the Costa del Sol and other regions in the country. The Bell 429 has proved popular for the corporate VIP mission in many of the most prestigious loc...