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March 8, 2016
Montreal, Canada-based helicopter transportation provider HNZ Group Inc. has partnered with Acasta HeliFlight Inc., which will be based in Yellowknife, NWT, and will expand HNZ's services to northern Canada, according to a company press release. HNZ operates in Canada, New...
March 3, 2016
Waypoint Leasing Ltd. closed a multi-aircraft agreement with DRF Luftrettung, a non-profit air rescue...
March 3, 2016
Finmeccanica and Era Group Inc. have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop a platform for the AgustaWestland AW609 tilt-rotor program. Under the MoU, Finmeccanica...
March 2, 2016
Waypoint Leasing Ltd. told Heli-Expo attendees that it has surpassed $1.5 billion in total helicopter assets. Its fleet of more than 120 aircraft ranges from light-twin to heavy helicopters. The company also has firm and option orders with...
January 28, 2016
Marking a milestone for both Pacific Helicopters and aviation operations in Papua New Guinea, Pacific Helicopters has taken delivery of the first of three H145 helicopters from Airbus Helicopters. The first H145, leased from international lessor, Waypoint Leasing, has arrived...
January 27, 2016
Lockheed Martin Corp., in a Tuesday report of its fourth-quarter and full-year 2015 earnings, shared more of its plans for its recently acquired rotorcraft subsidiary, Sikorsky. Executive presenters also responded to pointed questions about how Sikorsky might grow in its new home in ways that it might not have under its former parent company.   L-M on Tuesday equated Sikorsky to a roughly $5 billion...
January 26, 2016
Air medical services provider Memorial Hermann Life Flight was recently honored at the SouthEast Texas Regional Advisory Council (SETRAC) Awards Banquet 2016.   The Houston-area operator was recognized as the EMS/Air Medical Partner of the Year, one of four total awards given at the event.   In its inaugural awards ceremony, SETRAC honored hospitals and first responders who have...
January 25, 2016
In 2015, Airbus Helicopters delivered 395 rotorcraft from the company’s civil, parapublic and military product lines. Meanwhile, the company booked 383 orders (adjusted to 333 due to contract amendments for governmental NH90 and Tiger helicopters) with a strong performance of the new-generation medium H175. Demand remained steady for the H135 and H145 family of light twin helicopters, with bookings...
January 21, 2016
Air Methods Corp. has acquired Tri-State Care Flight for $222.5 million, expanding the air medical transport provider's...
January 21, 2016
Airbus Helicopters has increased the H145's maximum take-off weight to 3.7 metric tons, after EASA awarded the manufacturer the...
January 19, 2016
Former Sikorsky Aircraft President and CEO Gerald Tobias, a driving force beyond the development and sales of the Black Hawk and S-76 helicopters, died Nov. 14, 2015, in Huntington Beach, California, after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease, according to an obituary in The Los Angeles Times.   A U.S. Army Air Force WWII veteran, Tobias worked for the Martin Company, managed Boeing’s...
January 15, 2016
The declining and unpredictable oil and gas market is not shrinking Lockheed Martin’s interest in the commercial helicopter market, according to the Reuters news agency.   Citing a top L-M business development executive, Reuters said oil’s decline is not just affecting...
January 14, 2016
The National Operations Control Academy (NOCA) will kick-off their highly anticipated OCS training courses this February in Wichita, Kansas. The industry-specific training curriculum will satisfy the new requirements of FAR 135.619 for large Helicopter Air Ambulance (HAA) operators with ten or more helicopters, and will also provide the same world-class aviation training to those operators with fewer than...
January 13, 2016
Indonesia’s government plans to develop six helicopter landing sites among the 110 islands that make up the nation’s Seribu Islands regency and to acquire a helicopter to serve it in emergencies, according to media reports there...
January 5, 2016
  Elifriulia has been supporting the Croatia air ambulance project with this EC135. Photo courtesy of Elifriulia   Italian operators Elifriulia and Airgreen are awaiting the outcome of a new government’s formation in Croatia for hints as to whether they will keep flying air ambulance missions in the country.    The operators have been working there since early September 2015 under...
December 31, 2015
Photo courtesy of Gian Marco Anzellotti / CC BY 2.0   On Jan. 1, the legendary names Agusta and Westland begin to move from the rolls of active helicopter manufacturers to those of historic ones.    Parent company Finmeccanica is completing its 18-month process of centralizing and integrating the operations of its diverse aerospace, defense...
December 21, 2015
Photo courtesy of Robinson Helicopter On Dec. 18, Robinson Helicopter’s 700th R66 Turbine rolled off the production line roughly five years after its initial FAA certification. Serial Number 700, a pop-out float-equipped Turbine Marine, will be delivered to Robinson dealer Air Technology Belgium—making the aircraft...
December 18, 2015
A sought-after high-altitude pilot, a team that improved IFR procedures for Boston HEMS and members of the largest maritime rescue ever recorded are among the rotorcraft industry professionals recognized this year by Helicopter Assn. International.  HAI's Salute to Excellence Awards “recognize those who, through either a single act or a lifetime of service and dedication, exemplify the best of...
December 14, 2015
Finmeccanica denied that it has received an offer from Boeing to buy AgustaWestland’s British unit and said that unit is not for sale, the...
December 10, 2015
One of Canada's largest air ambulance operators is scrapping plans to sell its 10 AgustaWestland AW139s, citing a weakened used-helicopter market resulting from the slump in oil prices, according...
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