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First AGUSTAWESTLAND AW169 for the UK market lands at its base

Delivery of the first of six AW169 helicopters ordered by leading EMS-service operator Specialist Aviation Services Over 150 AW169 helicopters ordered by almost 60 customers in over 20 countries around the world, including framework contracts and options The AW169 is the only new generation helicopter in its weight class in more than 30 years Finmeccanica, through its Helicopter D...

Heli-One Poland Offers Airbus H225 Base Maintenance

Heli-One’s helicopter MRO facility in Rzeszow, Poland, is now approved to provide base maintenance on Airbus Helicopters H225s operating in Europe, the U.S., Canada and the Cayman Islands. The approval adds to the facility's existing AS332 and the H135 capability. Rzeszow is the third Heli-One facility to offer H225 base maintenance, joinin...

Airbus Helicopters selects Thales and Helisim for its H160 full flight simulator deployment

 Airbus Helicopters has partnered with Thales and Helisim to develop and deploy the full flight simulator (FFS) for the H160. In line with the “born ready” strategy implemented by the H160. since the beginning of its development, the FFS will be available to support the H160’s entry into service. This partnership between experienced and recognized companies will offer to fu...

VIP from Russia

ANSAT Helicopter is a light multipurpose helicopter in a VIP version that is designed to carry up to 7 passengers in style.  One of ANSAT’S biggest advantages is that it has the largest cabin in its class. This allows achieving maximum comfort for passengers.  And with the layout that has 5 seats, the comfortable cabin allows to have two closets, a full luggage compartment wit...

Four killed in crash of Russian military helicopter

Four people were killed when a Mi-8 helicopter owned by the Russian Defence Ministry crashed on Monday in the Pskov region of northwest Russia, local news agencies reported, quoting the ministry. TASS said the helicopter was on a training flight when ground control lost contact with it. Accidents involving Mi-8 aircraft are frequent in Russia, which has been criticised for its poor air safet...

ANALYSIS: Singapore sizes up Super Puma replacement

The major focus of Singapore’s helicopter force is finding a replacement for its main transport rotorcraft. The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) is somewhat unique in operating the vertical lift assets used by sister services, the army and navy. That said, Singapore’s balanced, realistic approach to defence procurement means helicopter assets are not neglected at the expense o...

Businessman blames helicopter noise for collapse of property sale to Tess Daly

Norman Peires tells a court that the Strictly Come Dancing presenter was 'horrified' by the noise and said she could not live near aerodrome. A wealthy businessman has complained that "shattering" helicopter noise has dashed his hopes of selling his £4 million home to Strictly Come Dancing presenter, Tess Daly, and her husband, Vernon Kay. Norman Peires and his wife L...

GrandNew and Sokol arrive in Uganda

The Uganda Police Force Air Wing has completed the acceptance process for a GrandNew and a W-3A Sokol helicopter during an official ceremony, EBAN has reported. The ceremony was attended by President of Uganda Yoweri Museveni and other Ugandan state officials.    The two helicopters were delivered as part of a contract signed between PZL-Swidnik and the Ministry of Internal Af...

Körfez Aviation takes delivery of its first H145 Mercedes Benz Style

Marignane, Airbus Helicopters has handed over the first H145 Mercedes Benz Style to Körfez Aviation in Turkey. This is the first of two helicopters acquired by Körfez Aviation to expand its fleet dedicated to business and private aviation, as well as charter flights in the region. The second H145 Mercedes Benz Style is expected to be delivered in March 2016. Part of Doğus Group, K&oum...

Airbus Helicopters’ H145 demonstrates its ability to perform offshore missions

The twin-engine multipurpose helicopter H145 has successfully proved its operational capabilities for challenging offshore missions. During a two-day flight trial in late January the established offshore operators Wiking Helikopter Service GmbH and HTM Offshore were able to test the H145 in all the relevant fields of offshore operations. Both aviation companies collaborate closely to offer their c...

Poland scraps $3 billion Airbus heli deal, launches Lockheed talks: report

Poland has decided to scrap the $3 billion deal for 50 Airbus utility helicopters and will buy only a few aircraft from the European company, the daily Rzeczpospolita reported on Thursday citing defense sources. The move, coming months before a NATO summit in Warsaw where Poland is expected to seek more allied presence on its territory, could strain Warsaw's ties with France and delay...

Certification of the Rig’N Fly automatic oil platform approach mode for the H225

Airbus Helicopters has received EASA certification for the Rig’N Fly (Rig Integrated GPS approaches with eNhanced Fly-ability and safetY), an avionics enhancement designed to provide automatic rig approaches for offshore operations. First developed on H225. it will also be implemented on H175 (end 2016) and on H160. Rig’N Fly uses a combination of sensors (GPS, barometric...