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Chinese Firm Orders Four Ka-32 Fire-Fighting Helicopters

China's Jiangsu Baoli has ordered four Ka-32A11BC fire-fighting helicopters from Russian Helicopter, a subsidiary of the Russian state technology company Rostec. The helicopters will be delivered between 2016 and 2017, the Russian manufacturer said in a statement in late November. The Ka-32A11BC helicopter is designed for search and rescue operations, firefighting missions and providing...

Russian Helicopters offers after-sales services to helicopter operators in Egypt

Russian Helicopters is preparing to provide after-sales service and maintenance for Russian-made helicopters operated in Egypt. The repair base in Heluane, Egypt, will be retooled in order to provide technical support for repairs to Mi-8T and Mi-17-1V helicopters operated by the Egyptian Air Force.  Under an agreement reached, Russian Helicopters will authorise the Heluane plant as an a...

EMS contract extension for Australian Helicopters in SA

Australian Helicopters has been awarded a three-year contract extension to continue operating South Australia’s State Rescue Helicopter Service (SRHS) shared by the state’s ambulance, police and fire services. “Australian Helicopters has successfully delivered a reliable rescue helicopter operation for the South Australian community for over 10 years and we are extremely pleas...

Boeing delivers 14th MK6 Chinook for the United Kingdom

Boeing  has delivered its 14th Mk6 Chinook, completing the United Kingdom’s most recent order and growing the RAF Chinook fleet to 60 aircraft. The order completion coincided with the 35th anniversary of Chinook operations for the U.K. “Since they were introduced into service in 1980, our Chinook fleet has played an integral supporting role for British forces and have been...

GrabTaxi Takes to the Skies with GrabHELI

In an exclusive partnership with PhilJets, GrabTaxi adds GrabHeli to their growing product offerings. GrabHeli, which is in its beta stage, will be tested for three months. PhilJets, a startup in itself, is aligned with the goals of GrabTaxi in innovating and providing transport solutions to the country. “We are very happy to partner with GrabTaxi Philippines. In the 2 years th...

Sikorsky completes VH-92A Presidential helicopter replacement program

Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation announced the successful completion of the VH-92A Presidential Helicopter Replacement Program Preliminary Design Review (PDR), completion of the integration and performance testing of mission communications system (MCS) components, and Sikorsky’s acceptance of the second S-92A™ aircraft for the program. Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. is a subsidiary of United Tec...

Airbus Helicopters promises to clarify offset offer for Poland

Airbus Helicopters has attempted to defuse an increasingly tense situation in Poland, with the selection of its H225M Caracal for a 50-unit order potentially at stake. In recent weeks, Antoni Macierewicz, appointed Polish defence minister in the wake of October elections, has criticised the selection of the H225M and threatened to reopen a tender if offset conditions were not sufficiently gener...

Indonesian president rejects AW101 purchase

AgustaWestland’s hopes of selling three VVIP-configured AW101 helicopters to Indonesia appear to have been dashed after the country’s leader Joko Widodo rejected an air force plan for their acquisition. On 25 November the head of the air force, Air Marshal Agus Supriatna, said the force had selected the UK-built 15.6t rotorcraft for the requirement, noting that there was no Indonesi...

Maverick Opens New Vegas Terminal

Heli-tour operator Maverick Helicopters recently unveiled its new $5 million Las Vegas terminal. The facility has floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook McCarran International Airport’s runways, private space for VIPs and group events, a café with expanded food and beverage selections, a registration desk with double the capacity of the one in the previous terminal, a separate ph...

Sundance Stresses Safety

Since being purchased by Air Methods in December 2012, Las Vegas-based heli-tour operator Sundance Helicopters has focused sharply on safety programs and fleet renewal. This year Sundance became the nation’s first heli-tour Tops (tour operators program of safety) member to implement the FAA’s aviation safety action program (ASAP) and maintenance safety action program (MSAP). Th...

Airbus Helicopters’ H225 receives Russian certification

Marignane, Airbus Helicopters is proud to announce the certification of the H225 by Russian Certification Authorities as it is the first time in history that a foreign heavy class helicopter has been certified in Russia. “Successful certification of H225 by the Interstate Aviation Committee gives Russian customers an opportunity to start operations of the efficient and reliable rotor...

Microflite Helicopter Services welcomes its 14th Airbus Helicopters rotorcraft

Microflite Helicopter Services has again placed its trust in the performance, versatility and safety credentials of Airbus Helicopters’ family of civil aircraft, welcoming helicopter No. 14 to an all-star fleet. The latest addition, an H125 (formerly AS350 B3e), is destined to help safeguard thousands of lives, providing enhanced capability to the company’s front-line emergency...