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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...
October 14, 2014
Waypoint Leasing, a global helicopter leasing company, has reached an agreement with Avincis, a Babcock International Group company, to lease two AgustaWestland AW139s. The aircraft will operate for...
October 9, 2014
Life Air Rescue, an air medical service located in Shreveport, La., has received an Airbus Helicopters EC135 from Metro Aviation. The rescue service was formed in 1993 when Life Air 1 and Air...
September 16, 2014
Australia’s Defence Science and Technology Organization (DSTO) has presented One Atmosphere with its 2014 Eureka award in support of outstanding science for safeguarding Australia for its Pegasus helicopter emergency buoyancy system. The system is a lightweight, bolt-on/bolt-off buoyancy system – like an air bag – that inflates automatically when the helicopter impacts water. It is...
September 3, 2014
Resources companies Senex Energy and Drillsearch Energy are sponsoring a Bell 206 Longranger to operate 24 hour medical air ambulance services in the Cooper Basin in South Australia/Queensland in the Australian Outback. The service is the first for the remote region which is a significant onshore oil and gas exploration site, where 4,000-5,000 people can be working on oil and gas...
September 1, 2014
FFL’s aft cabins, equipped with the latest technology, are accessible by sliding side doors and rear-mounted clamshell doors. Photo by Ernie Stephens If you are in portions of Wisconsin or Illinois, and your life is in immediate danger from illness or accident, you won’t just expect a ride from Flight For Life... you’ll want it! Flight For Life (FFL) was the first air medical program in...
August 26, 2014
Aerolite recently received an FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) has been awarded to aircraft interior solutions company Aerolite America (a subsidiary of Aerolite Max Bucher) for its...
August 26, 2014
The Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) is less than a month away and is being staged at the Music City Center, Nashville, Tenn., from September 22 to 24. Keynote speakers include Bruce Crandall on Monday, September 22. Candall was the first winner of the Helicopter Heroism Award presented by the Aviation/Space Writers Association for two daring nighttime landings under fire to rescue 12 badly wounded...
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