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From rescues to damage assessment: how helicopters helped combat the California wildfires

Following the 2018 Heli-Expo airshow in Las Vegas, Nevada, Airbus takes a look at how helicopters helped save lives during the California wildfires of 2017 – an effort that drew on aviation resources for everything from rescues to taking the damage’s toll.  The list of wildfires in CAL FIRE’s “Large Fires” (+300 acres) database requires two pages, detailing si...

The next wave: Able Aerospace Services rolls out BELL 505 capabilities

Preparing for the next generation of modern rotor-wing maintenance requirements, Able Aerospace Services has rolled out comprehensive component assembly-level support for the Bell 505 helicopter. In conjunction with its full Bell 429 capabilities, this further bolsters Able as the go-to source for cutting-edge helicopter component repair, overhaul, parts and completion solutions. The...

Leonardo celebrates helicopter orders at HELI-EXPO 2018 of nearly 140 million euro

Seventeen aircraft across Aw119Kx, AW109 GrandNew, AW109 Trekker, AW169, AW139 and AW189 models Deliveries through to 2019 with aircraft to perform EMS missions across Europe, VIP/corporate and passenger transport in UK, Spain, Japan and Argentina, wind farm support in Germany, offshore in Indonesia and law enforcement in China among others First contract for the recently EASA-certified AW1...

Boeing, Icelandair Celebrate First 737 MAX Airplane Delivery

Boeing and Icelandair celebrated the delivery of the airline's first 737 MAX airplane as the Icelandic carrier seeks to grow and renew its fleet and enhance its trans-Atlantic operations. The MAX, a new and improved version of Boeing's 737 airplane, will join Icelandair's fleet of Boeing 757 and 767 jets in serving destinations throughout North America and Europe...

First H160 orders for the North American market

Airbus Helicopters has signed the first order for four ACH160s with an undisclosed, North American customer.  The launch customer, a major US business entity with extensive experience in corporate aviation, has opted for one aircraft to be delivered in Stylence by ACH configuration, the in-house, private and business design product line; with the remaining three aircraft t...

H135 receives FAA certification for Helionix avionics suite

Avionics system designed by Airbus Helicopters offers increased mission flexibility and safety Airbus Helicopters’ light-twin helicopter H135 has received the type certificate by the Federal Aviation Administration for its new Helionix cockpit. The avionics system designed by Airbus Helicopters offers operators increased mission flexibility and safety. Helionix is a family concept with st...

Pegaso firms up H175 follow-on order

Also becomes launch customer of the FlyScan data analysis software in the Americas Mexican Oil&Gas operator Transportes Aéreos Pegaso has signed for an additional H175, bringing to four the number of orders it has placed for this super-medium. Delivered in the summer of 2016, the first aircraft has been performing crew change missions for geo-s...

Airbus Helicopters partners with Blade to boost Urban Air Mobility business

Strategic alliance and investment in Blade will expand new market opportunities for on-demand helicopter services  Airbus Helicopters and Fly Blade, Inc. (“Blade”), a digitally-powered aviation leader servicing 22 core routes in 7 U.S. states, have signed a strategic partnership to develop new premium on-demand helicopter flight experiences, paving the way for enhance...

Airbus Helicopters, Thales and Helisim to build world-class North America regional helicopter training center

Project to feature Level D flight simulators for Airbus H145 and H175, capacity to train thousands yearly​ Airbus Helicopters, Thales and Helisim have announced they will join forces to construct a new, state-of-the-art helicopter pilot and maintenance crew training center in Texas. The Airbus Helicopters Training Center in North America will be located at the headquarters of Airbus H...

Sikorsky Salutes Los Angeles County Fire Department Air Services for Superior Maintenance and Search and Rescue

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company, honored the Los Angeles County Fire Department for its search and rescue efforts and superior helicopter maintenance while battling numerous wildfires during the 2017-2018 fire season. The recognition occurred at the 2018 Helicopter Association International Heli-Expo, where Sikorsky also presented a $15,000 donation to the Firefighter&...

Metro Aviation places order for 25 Airbus EC145e helicopters to meet demand for lower-cost, twin-engine operations

Airbus Helicopters Inc. announced Tuesday that Metro Aviation Inc. had ordered an unprecedented 25 EC145e helicopters that it will place into service providing air medical transport and other aerial services. It is one of the larger commercial helicopter orders ever booked by the U.S. based company. Metro was the first customer in the world for the lighter weight and lower cost version of the E...

Citation Latitude extends reign as most delivered midsize business jet

Textron Aviation Inc. announced that, for the second consecutive year, the Cessna Citation Latitude earned the title as the category’s most delivered business jet. Citation Latitude 2017 deliveries increased by 30 percent from 2016, to 54 deliveries, further cementing its position as one of the world’s best-selling business jets since its entry into service in 2015. &...