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Bell Helicopter Announces Chongqing General Aviation Group as New Bell Authorized Customer Service Facility in China

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, yesterday announced Chongqing General Aviation (CQGA), located in China’s Chongqing Provence, as Bell Helicopter’s newest authorized Customer Service Facility (CSF). CQGA has a 43,700 sq. ft. Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) part 145 certified maintenance facility and offers non-specialized maintenance capabilities for Bell...

Vector Aerospace certified for Airbus Helicopters H130/EC130 tail rotor gearbox repair and overhaul

Vector Aerospace, a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, added the Airbus Helicopters H130 (formerly EC130 T2) and EC130 B4 tail rotor gearbox (TGB) to its existing range of rotorcraft repair and overhaul (R&O) capabilities. Vector will offer this expanded support for the H130/EC130 from its facilities in Langley and Richmond, BC, Canada,...

Netherlands retires last Alouette III helicopters

After a service life spanning 51 years and more than 450,000 flight hours, the Royal Netherlands Air Force will retire its last four Aérospatiale SA316 Alouette III helicopters from use on 1 January, 2016. An official transfer from the air force's 300 Sqn to the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) took place at Gilze Rijen air base on 15 December. Anno Gravemake...

Russian Aerospace Firm to Offer Systems for Helicopter Project With China

Russia's Technodinamika holding company, involved in the manufacture of aviation units and power supply systems, is ready to join a Russian-Chinese heavy helicopter project, the company's head Maxim Kuzyuk said. Earlier on Wednesday, Russia's Rostec deputy CEO Dmitry Shugaev said the company expected to sign a contract and an intergovernmental agreement on the heavy h...

EASA Certifies Turbomeca Engine in Bell 505

Turbomeca has received EASA type certification for its Arrius 2R engine with fadec that powers the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X. Officially launched at the 2013 Paris Air Show alongside the Bell 505, the Arrius 2R has followed a brisk development schedule. Since the first ground run in April 2014, the engine has logged more than 2,500 ground test hours. The flight test campaign started in November 201...

Mi-8 Hard Landing In Kamchatka

Mi-8 helicopter made a hard landing in Kamchatka one person was killed and at least five people were injured. This was reported on Wednesday 16 December TASS with reference to the Regional Emergency Management. The incident according to preliminary data there was 77 kilometers from the village Sobolev. The helicopter according to the deputy head of the government of Kamchatka Sergei Khabarova c...

Japanese navy takes its last H135 training helicopters

The Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) has taken delivery of its final Airbus Helicopters H135 training helicopters. The 14th and 15th examples of the type were recently handed over, says Airbus Helicopters in a statement. Deliveries of the H135, designated TH135 in JMSDF service, commenced in 2011. Airbus adds that there are over 80 H135s operating in Japan. Roles includ...

Waypoint Leasing signs purchase and leaseback agreement with Omni Helicopters International S.A.

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited, the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced that it has closed on a multi-aircraft agreement with Omni Helicopters International S.A., a strategic partnership between Stirling Square Capital Partners and Omni Group. The aircraft are operating for Omni Taxi Aereo, Brazil's largest helicopter service operator to the offshore indu...

Bond begins new helicopter services from Aberdeen

Bond Offshore Helicopters, part of the Babcock Mission Critical Services business, has launched an entirely new service which will take passengers to offshore Oil and Gas facilities in the Northern North Sea from Aberdeen via new facilities at Sumburgh Airport, Shetland. Thanks to an agreement with partners at LoganAir, Bond can now transport hundreds of passengers a week from Aberdeen Airport...

EvoLux Helicopter Charter Portal Moves To 'Next Level'

The online helicopter booking portal EvoLux now has 200 helicopters enrolled in the system in eight major metropolitan areas, among them New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami, and now founder Ray Leavitt says he is readying the company for the “next level” as he seeks an investment seed round of $5 to $10 million. Sikorsky Innovations selected EvoLux the winner of its second...

Vauxhall helicopter crash: Pilot under commercial pressure to fly in unsafe fog, inquest finds

Peter Barnes made inappropriate decision to fly in 'excessively challenging weather' while under pressure to satisfy important client, jury decides. A pilot who was killed in a central London helicopter crash was under commercial pressure to satisfy an important client when he made the inappropriate and unsafe decision to fly in "excessively challenging weather conditions", a...

Russia Delivers 5 Mi-171 Multirole Helicopters to Bangladesh

All the helicopters supplied to Bangladesh are equipped with modern navigation systems, which enable the aircraft to be operated at any time of the day and in any weather conditions, the company said. "The Russian Helicopters holding has delivered a batch of five Mi-171Sh combat-transport helicopters  to the Bangladesh Defense Ministry. [The aut...