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October 31, 2016
The National Business Aviation Assn.’s (NBAA) annual convention is like a holiday for the civil business aircraft industry. Typically there are gifts of new and enhanced fixed-wing and rotary aircraft on display on the convention floor and at a nearby airport. Attendees gather each year to see aircraft and technologies currently available and what could be unveiled in the near future. This year...
October 28, 2016
A Leonardo AW139 is getting outfitted with Spectrum Aeromed's medical interior for Canadian air ambulance operator Ornge, the company said. The helicopter is deployed to a remote base in Moosonee...
October 28, 2016
A segment of the rotorcraft industry is off in the coming days to a trade show for an aviation sector that may be every bit as troubled as helicopters: business aviation. The National Business Aviation Assn. convenes its annual Business Aviation Conference and Exposition Nov. 1 to 3 at Orlando, Florida’s Orange County Convention Center at a time when that sector is struggling with corporate customers...
October 28, 2016
Children’s Hospital Colorado is getting a new helicopter outfitted specifically to meet the needs of child...
October 27, 2016
Chinese air ambulance operator HEMS999 Co. Ltd. has leased two new Airbus Helicopters H130s from Ireland's Milestone Aviation Group Ltd., the company said. This lease agreement stems from a previous agreement...
October 26, 2016
Australia's LifeFlight has added a new Leonardo AW139 to its fleet to support emergency medical services and search and rescue operations in Queensland. Milestone Aviation Group Ltd., a GE Capital Aviation Services leasing company, leased the helicopter, fully equipped for EMS capabilities, the company said...
October 24, 2016
Two Robinson Helicopter R44 Cadets were delivered to SKY Helicopters in Garland, Texas, on Monday, the company said. Sky Helicopters is an FAA Part 141 flight school and a Robinson dealer known...
October 21, 2016
The 2016 EASA Safety Conference will take place from Oct. 25 to Oct. 26 in Bratislava, Slovakia. The theme will be Future...
October 19, 2016
Australian emergency service helicopter operator Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service was the victim of a robbery after two generators were stolen from its secure Lismore facility.  Local news reports said bolt-cutters...
October 19, 2016
Montana's Billings Flying Service, Inc. owns and operates a fleet of Boeing CH-47D Chinooks among its Bell Helicopter rotorcraft. The Chinooks are now nearing maximum flight hours allowed before service is needed, according to local news reports. Billings Flying Service would like to build its own hangar to perform...
October 18, 2016
Aircraft trader Avinco is under contract to recover, manage and remarket 21 Airbus Helicopters H225 Super Pumas previously operated by CHC Helicopter. Photo courtesy of Airbus Helicopters As part of its U.S. bankruptcy case, CHC proposes to cut its helicopter fleet from 230 to 90 aircraft. The widespread grounding of...
October 17, 2016
Bell Helicopter and Airbus Helicopters Japan made the most of their time at Japan International Aerospace Exhibition 2016. From Oct. 12 to Oct. 15, both companies said they were busy giving and receiving signatures in Tokyo. Bell now has plans to deliver a Bell 505 Jet Ranger X to Japan's Yuhi Airlines for corporate travel and tourism operations after both parties signed a letter of intent. Japan's first...
October 17, 2016
CHC Group faces additional challenges to reorganizing its operations beyond gaining a judge's approval of its plan with key creditors emerging from bankruptcy. The U.S. judge overseeing that operator's federal Chapter 11 case, Barbara Houser, is set to hear arguments Nov. 2 in Dallas on the "plan support agreement" with creditors and lessor Milestone Aviation. Those parties can back out of the...
October 13, 2016
Leonardo's global reach is expanding with orders for Helikorea, Lease Corporation International (LCI) and Specialist Aviation Services (SAS). Five different Brazilian customers have also recently signed on for the helicopter from the civilian market. This makes for nearly 150 AW169 orders and options signed to date, according to...
October 13, 2016
Bell Helicopter is reassembling a Model 429 full-flight simulator in Spain and readying it for recertification and use by next January at its new training academy in the eastern coastal city of Valencia. The OEM said at Helitech International in Amsterdam this week that it is working with fellow Textron company TRU Simulation + Training to gain EASA certification of the simulator in time to offer 429...
October 13, 2016
Ireland's Waypoint Leasing will be supporting two Leonardo AW139s per recent agreements — one that will support oil and gas operations in North Africa, and one that will do the same in Asia. Both rotorcraft were previously operated by CHC Helicopter, and will now by...
October 13, 2016
The German operator Helicopter Travel Munich signed for one Airbus Helicopters H145 for offshore wind farm support work at Helitech International in Amsterdam this week, the manufacturer said. HTM plans to operate the new twin –...
October 13, 2016
CHC Group has reached an agreement with major creditors and a key lessor to emerge from bankruptcy with hundreds of millions of dollars in new capital and financing and asked a U.S. judge to approve the plan swiftly. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Barbara Houser has set a Nov. 2 hearing on the proposal, whose backers include The Milestone Aviation Group. The major operator filed in May 5 for protection from...
October 12, 2016
Airbus Helicopters' H135 family turns 20 this year, celebrating more than 300 customers in 75 countries. H135 rotorcraft are flown in support of emergency medical services, law enforcement, corporate transport, offshore wind and military flight...
October 12, 2016
Contrary to what might be happening elsewhere in the rotorcraft industry, Ireland-based Lease Corp. International (LCI) is having its most successful year since its founding in 2004, according to a company news release. With 35 helicopters in its lease portfolio, the company plans to add five more before the end of the year. Operating a fleet largely comprised of...
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