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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...

Airbus Helicopters’ second H160 prototype takes off

The H160’s second prototype took off today in Marignane, kicking off a busy 2016 for the H160 as it pursues its flight test program with two prototypes. The second prototype is the first H160 to fly with the Turbomeca Arrano engines. PT1 had accumulated more than 75 hours of flight testing by the end of 2015, allowing the aircraft to open the flight envelope and validating some of the helic...

G450/550 Production Cut as Gulfstream Moves to G500/600

Gulfstream Aerospace reduced G550 production rates in the fourth quarter of last year and will lower rates of theG450 this quarter, while G280 and G650 production will be increased slightly, Phebe Novakovic, chairman andCEO of parent company General Dynamics, announced today during an investor conference call. She called the move “part of the transitio...

Urals civil aviation plant to produce Airbus Helicopters H135

The OJSC Urals Civil Aviation Plant (UZGA, part of the state corporation Oboronprom) and the company Airbus signed a license contract for the production Airbus Helicopters H135s in Moscow on Jan. 25. UZGA CEO Artur Shtankov and Airbus Helicopters Executive Vice-President Dominique Maudet also signed a contract for the supply to the Urals plant of four sets for Airbus Helicopters H135 assembly....

Airbus Helicopters maintains civil market lead and sees commercial success for new products in 2015

During 2015, Airbus Helicopters delivered 395 rotorcraft from the company’s civil, parapublic and military product lines, strengthening its leading position on the civil & parapublic market while maintaining its share of the worldwide military market. Meanwhile, the company booked 383 orders – adjusted to 333 due to contract amendments for governmental NH90 and Tiger helicopters &n...

Airbus Helicopters raises the maximum take-off weight of the H145 to 3700 KG

In December, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) awarded the certification of the increased maximum take-off weight (MTOW) for the H145. With this enhancement, the helicopter can carry an extra 50kg, raising the MTOW to a total of 3.7 metric tons. It will be available for customers in early 2016. As the improvement does not require any structural modifications or additional equipment, it wi...

Russian Helicopters to debut at Bahrain International Airshow

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, will demonstrate its newest multipurpose helicopters during the 4th Bahrain International Airshow – 2016, which will be held January 21-23 at Sakhir Air Base, Bahrain. The holding company will not only showcase its products and capabilities in after-sales service for helicopters produced by Russian Helicopters but also will conduct...

Hungary Intends to Buy Up to 30 Russian Choppers for $490 Mln

According to Russia's Arms Trade Analysis Centre, Hungary is interested in purchasing 30 Russian helicopters. Hungary plans to buy about 30 Russian helicopters with the value of the contract expected to reach $490 million, a spokesperson for Russia’s Center for Analysis of World Arms Trade (CAWAT) said Friday. "In February, Hungarian Pri...

Entry into SAR Service for Lithuanian Armed Forces AS365 N3+

The Lithuanian Ministry of Defence and the Lithuanian Armed Forces celebrated yesterday the entry into service of their next generation of helicopters for countrywide search and rescue missions with around-the-clock availability. The Lithuanian Ministry of Defence and the Lithuanian Armed Forces assigned their three new AS365 N3+ helicopters to the 24/7 SAR mission service. Only two years afte...

Bell delivers first upgraded 407GXP to Air Methods

Bell Helicopter has delivered the first of an eventual 200 re-engined 407GXP light singles to launch customer Air Methods. Configured for emergency medical services (EMS) missions, Air Methods will receive the remainder of its order over the next 10 years. Speaking at a ceremony marking the handover of the rotorcraft at Air Methods' headquarters in Englewood, Colorado, the EMS operator&#...