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Hiratagakuen strengthens Japan’s aeromedical operations with Airbus fleet

Kansai-based helicopter operator Hiaratagakuen welcomed its second H145//BK117D-2 today, following the milestone delivery of its first unit in December 2017. Currently operating 14 H135 and one H145//BK117D-2, this new H145//BK117D-2 will join Hiratagakuen’s growing fleet to support emergency medical service (EMS) missions, and serves as a passenger and material transport. The first H145//BK...

Rotortrade announces solid results for the first half of 2018

The international helicopter dealer and distributor Rotortrade continues its strong growth with 12 deliveries and 9 backlogs across manufacturers, class and mission for the first half of the year. The company has also secured new exclusive mandates for 16 helicopters for the same period. Rototrade has signed 3 new Network Agreements with Mode Aviation in Guatemala, Gualter Helicopteros in Brazi...

Russian Helicopters displays modernized Night Hunter at Army-2018

Russian Helicopters (part of Rostec State Corporation) has presented a new version of the Mi-28NE attack helicopter at the Army-2018 International Military-Technical Forum which is being held from Aug. 21 to Aug. 26 in Kubinka in the Moscow Region. The attack helicopter can interact with drones and operate them remotely. The modernized Mi-28NE helicopter is being d...

Russian helicopter pilots are the best on the planet once again!

On July 24-28, 2018, Borovaya airfield near Minsk became the site for the decisive battles of the world helicopter championship - the 16th FAI World Championship in helicopter sport. Over the past 26 years, the Russian team has remained the undisputed leader of the world championship. Following Russia, Great Britain and Poland hostess of the fourth, final stage of the World Cup in helicopter ra...

Russian Helicopters to start trials of Katran rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicle in the autumn of 2018

The most advanced Katran rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicle publicly shown for the first time at the Victory Day parade in Moscow in the spring will enter flight tests before the end of the year, Russian Helicopters Group told TASS at the Army-2018 forum on Friday. "Currently, the Katran drone is undergoing ground trials that will be concluded in the autumn of this year, after which the G...

Russian Helicopters showcases upgraded Mi-28NE Night Hunter attack helicopter at Army-2018 forum

Russian Helicopters Group (part of the state-run hi-tech corporation Rostec) has demonstrated the upgraded Mil Mi-28NE ‘Night Hunter’ attack helicopter at the Army-2018 international military and technical forum, the company’s press office said on Tuesday. The modernized Mi-28NE is on display at the forum’s static exposition. The ‘Night Hunter’ is armed with...

NH90 Qatar contract now effective. Order booked. Advance payment received. 2018 Group Guidance confirmed

Leonardo announces that it has made effective the contract, signed on March 14, 2018,  for the supply of 28 NH90 medium twin-engine multirole military helicopters to the Ministry of Defense of Qatar and has therefore booked the order in its backlog and received the advance payment relating to the contract. Leonardo acts as overall prime contractor with responsibility...

Rotortrade partners with Gualter Helicopter Brazil

Rotortrade Services is very pleased to announce the appointment of Gualter Helicopter as exclusive distributor in Brazil. Rotortrade Services is a leading international helicopter dealer and sole global distributor of Leonardo’s pre-owned helicopters and Gualter Helicopter is a company that specializes in the sale of aircraft with focus on executive aviation in Brazil. Rotortrad...

Bell 525 completes hot weather testing

The Bell 525 flight test program has now accumulated over 1,000 hours of total test time with speeds exceeding 200kts at maximum gross weight limits. Bell Helicopter is pleased to announce that the Bell 525 program recently completed hot weather testing in Yuma, Arizona at temperatures up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit as well as high altitude operations to density altitudes of 14,000 feet....

Pratt & Whitney expands service network with new designated maintenance facility in Brazil

Pratt & Whitney Canada, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., announced at LABACE 2018 that it has appointed its third Designated Maintenance Facility (DMF) in Brazil, Helipark Manutenção Aeronáutica Ltda. Based in Carapicuíba, in São Paulo, this new DMF will service the PT6B-37A, PW206C, PW207D, PW207D1, PW207D2 and PW210A helicopter engines. This new a...

Bell announces the delivery of Bell 429S to Jamaica defense Force

Bell Helicopter announced the delivery of two Bell 429s to the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF). A third Bell 429 is scheduled for delivery to the JDF next year. The three aircraft will be used to complete a range of missions including, search and rescue, medical evacuations, natural disaster relief, national security and military training. “We are proud to celebrate today’s deliver...

VRT500 helicopter passed first stage of aerodynamic tests

The first stage of the aerodynamic tests of the light-weight multi-purpose VRT500 helicopter has been completed at the facilities of the Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI). The aircraft is a new development by VR-Technologies Design Bureau of Russian Helicopters Holding belonging to Rostec State Corporation. The new helicopter's 1:4 scale model was tested in the institute in-house f...