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November 10, 2014
AgustaWestland has expanded its presence in both South East Asia and Latin America, with new helicopter contracts in both regions. The rotorcraft manufacturer announced new contracts for three AW139s with various Indonesian operators and two AW139s with Helistar de Aviacion of Colombia.      AgustaWestland, Helistar de...
November 10, 2014
La Jolla, Calif.-based global voice and data service provider Blue Sky Network is bringing the fleet tracking and communications capabilities of its web-based portal, SkyRouter, to mobile phones and tablets. The company has introduced the new SkyRouter Mobile App for iOS devices...
November 7, 2014
Transport Canada has issued a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) to VIH Aerospace (VIHA) for its aftermarket replacement Master Caution Panel (MCP01) for the Bell 212 series helicopter. According to VIHA, FAA and EASA approvals are pending.   Arne...
November 7, 2014
Russian Helicopters has reported savings of $1.5 million resulting from its implementation of lean technology across its rotorcraft production operations in 2013. The manufacturer describes lean technology as a "strategy that minimizes the volume of energy and material losses in the production process."     Photo: Russian...
November 6, 2014
HeliOffshore is a not-for-profit industry association founded by five operators in the oil and gas sector: Avincis, Bristow Group, CHC Helicopter, Era and PHI Inc. The idea behind the establishment of the organization came from a joint operators review of helicopter safety, born out of a spate of accidents in the North Sea, in addition to a safety review conducted by the European Helicopter Operators...
November 6, 2014
Erickson has signed an agreement with Agip Oil Ecuador to provide transport of people and equipment for oil and gas exploration and production to the Villano Oil Field. The one-year deal follows the September announcement by Agip of the discovery of an oil...
November 5, 2014
Bell Helicopter has completed its first delivery of two Bell 429s configured for Helicopter Emergency Services (EMS), Search and Rescue (SAR) and Airborne Law Enforcement (ALE) to the Delaware State Police aviation unit. The Delaware State Police...
November 5, 2014
Photo courtesy BDN GE Capital Aviation Services’ (GECAS) acquisition of rotorcraft lessor, Milestone Aviation Group for $1.78 billion raises some interesting questions. Does this purchase of the Dublin-based Milestone signal the beginning of consolidation of the rotorcraft leasing business? Or is this an isolated case of a larger lessor of airliners looking to diversify, and a rotorcraft lessor...
November 4, 2014
EC135. Photo courtesy Airbus Helicopters Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first helicopter to China dedicated for helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS). China is one of the world’s fastest-growing helicopter markets and continued growth is expected following the relaxation of airspace regulations. Airbus is already well-established in the country, with customers in the utility, police and...
November 4, 2014
Global helicopter leasing company Waypoint Leasing announced an agreement with First Reserve to acquire a "portfolio of 31 in-demand, new technology aircraft." Included in the portfolio are 18 AgustaWestland AW139s, 11...
November 4, 2014
Airbus Helicopters' relationship with Indonesia is taking center stage this week at Indo Defence 2014. The French rotorcraft manufacturer said its exhibit during the trade show this week will focus on its...
November 3, 2014
Maverick Aviation Group, parent company of Maverick Helicopters, Mustang Helicopters and Maverick Airlines, has expanded with the addition of its eighth Airbus Helicopters EC-130 T2. Designated as the launch client of the T2 airframe, Maverick...
October 30, 2014
Western Power Distribution (WPD) has signed a purchase agreement for a new EC135 P2e from Airbus Helicopters UK. The aircraft will join...
October 24, 2014
Summit Air Ambulance has taken delivery of the first of two EMS-equipped AgustaWestland AW119Kx. Summit already has a number of twin AW109E Power helicopters in addition to its fixed wing fleet of Pilatus PC-12 aircraft. Both of...
October 24, 2014
Bell Helicopter has signed an agreement with Zip Aviation for the sale of a Bell 407GX to be used for corporate transportation, charters, tours, transfers and aerial surveys. The aircraft will be equipped with a Quiet Cruise kit for reduced noise levels in cruise flight. The 407GX Quiet Cruise...
October 23, 2014
Terna, the Italian power grid operator, has taken delivery of two Airbus Helicopter AS350 B3e helicopters from national distributor Aersud Elicotteri. This elevates the company from having to subcontract the work out. Terna is ranked sixth worldwide as an independent distributor of...
October 17, 2014
AgustaWestland announced the sale of two AW169s in the U.K. and an AW189 in Denmark. The AW169s will be used for corporate transportation by...
October 15, 2014
The next generation flight deck development program for the MD Explorer light-twin engine helicopter has achieved several significant milestones. Universal Avionics and MD Helicopters have completed final vendor selections for all peripheral avionics systems. Additionally, the engineering prototype helicopter that will be the conforming article for FAA ground and flight testing is currently undergoing...
October 15, 2014
Avincis has finalized its order for two Airbus Helicopters EC135 T3s. The U.K.-based civil aviation services provider's subsidiary Bond Air Services will operate the two aircraft...
October 15, 2014
Beijing Automotive Industrial Corp. (BAIC) of China has signed a $511 million order for the purchase of 50 AgustaWestland helicopters. Under the multi-year contract...
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