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NYC Helitour Operators Forced To Accept 50% Flight Cut

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's (D) office announced a deal earlier this week that would force the city's five existing helitour operators using the Downtown Manhattan Heliport, located near Wall Street on the East River, to curtail flights by 50 percent by Jan. 1, 2017. Reductions will begin in April, with an elimination of all Sunday flights followed by further cuts of 20 percen...

The 4th 'Air Ambulance & Medical Evacuation' Conference will be held at the HeliRussia 2016

In spring this year the HeliRussia 2016 helicopter industry exhibition will open in Moscow. Alongside the launches and demonstrations of the latest developments in the helicopter industry, there will be organised discussion of topical issues for the industry. A regular forum of the exhibition since 2012 has been the international scientific and operational conference 'Air Ambulances & Medi...

Airbus To Deliver First Upgraded H225 at Year-end

Airbus Helicopters plans to deliver the first upgraded H225 heavy twin (formerly known as the EC225e) at the end of this year. In the cockpit, the optional Rig’N Fly GPS-navigation-assisted software program aims to make oil rig approaches safer, thanks to a reduction in pilot workload. The system, which is retrofittable, has just beenEASA certified. The helicopter...

5 helicopters evacuate victims of traffic accident on Skandinavia motorway

Three helicopters have taken off from Pulkovo airport to evacuate the injured in the traffic accident that happened at Saturday, January 30 in Vyborg District, Leningrad Region on the 158th km of the Skandinavia motorway. Two of the helicopters (K-32 and Mi-8) are provided by Emergencies Ministry Air Rescue Center of the Northwestern Regional Center and one Bell-244 by med evac aviati...

Russian Helicopters delivers 151 helicopters to India

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, delivered the final batch of helicopters to India under a previously signed agreement.  India received 151 Mi-17V-5 military transport helicopters produced by JSC Kazan Helicopters through  Rosoboronexport.  “India is one of the key markets for Russian helicopter building industry and the largest operator of Russian-mad...

Bell Helicopter in Hover This Year, Growth Mode in 2017

Civil helicopter deliveries at Bell Helicopter Textron won’t really take off until next year, after the new Bell 505 Jet Ranger X light single enters service late this year and the super-medium 525 Relentless is certified early next year. Thus, shipments this year will be mostly flat, just as they were last year, Textron chairman and CEO Scott Donnelly said yesterday during a...

France considers accelerating light helicopter acquisition

France will decide next year whether to advance the timeline for a wide-ranging procurement that seeks to replace hundreds of light and medium helicopters operated by all three branches of its armed forces. Under the nascent hélicoptère interarmées léger (HIL) programme, Paris intends to begin the acquisition process in 2020. However, with a number of aged types r...

Airbus Helicopters delivers the first of three H145s to Pacific Helicopters in Papua New Guinea

Marking a milestone for both Pacific Helicopters and aviation operations in Papua New Guinea, the company has taken delivery of the first of three H145 helicopters from Airbus Helicopters. The first H145, leased from international lessor, Waypoint Leasing, has arrived in the Eastern Highlands Provincial capital of Goroka, following final reassembly at Airbus Group Australia Pacific’s Sydney...

The largest in Russian capital "Heliport Moscow" summed up 2015

"Heliport Moscow" - a unique project of  "NDV» ("NDV - Real Estate") to create Europe's largest multipurpose helicopter complex, set up to have more than 200 helicopters based.This is an unprecedented Russian project, with total capitalization of about 300 million euros of private investment. "Heliport Moscow" is located ju...

Medevac Surion conducts maiden flight

Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has conducted the first flight of a KUH-1 Surion utility helicopter optimised for military medevac missions. The first flight took place at KAI’s Sachon production facility and lasted for 20 minutes, says the company in a statement. The 8.7t medevac Surion will first be delivered to the South Korean army in 2018. In 2014, state news agency Yonhap report...

Design review to unlock Sikorsky HH-60W funds

US air force’s Combat Rescue Helicopter programme is on track to complete a preliminary design review in April that will unlock funds for five more aircraft. Programme officials from the service and Sikorsky say that during 2015 the two sides came to an agreement on more than 1,000 design requirements and 3,000 subsystem specifications through the government’s "system requireme...

Norwegian Operator Forms Weather Camera Network

Helicopter EMS operator Norsk Luftambulanse is installing a network of cameras in Norway to gather remote weather information, mainly about visibility, with the aim of dispatching easier and safer missions along a fog-free route and landings using GPS approaches. Each sensing unit comprises three cameras–looking in three different directions–a thermometer and an...