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February 23, 2015
The Royal Thai Army has acquired six of Airbus Helicopters' light-utility EC145 T2 airframe, the newest and most powerful model in the EC145 light twin-engine helicopter family. The Army signed for six EC145 T2s with a VIP installation, under the Light Utility Helicopter Type II requirement, to be deployed principally on official passenger transport duties, with deliveries scheduled to begin in 2016...
February 19, 2015
New Zealand helicopter manufacturer Composite Helicopters International (CHI) has filed a type certificate application with the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority for three helicopter models featuring its EvoStrength composite technology. The helicopters are the entry level, Rolls-Royce RR300-powered KC630; the high-powered, high-altitude, Honeywell LTS101-powered utility version, the KC650; and the...
February 18, 2015
Bell Helicopter has announced its presence at Aero India 2015, Feb. 18-22, at Air Force Station Yelahanka, Bengaluru. The state-of-the-art Bell 407GT tactical light commercial helicopter is an ideal aircraft for armed reconnaissance surveillance, bringing together the Garmin G1000H flight deck with precision weapons capability. The aircraft offers a highly flexible and configurable modern weapons system to...
February 17, 2015
Airbus Helicopters Inc, part of Airbus Defense and Space, has been awarded a $220.5 million contract by the U.S. Army for 41 additional UH-72A Lakota helicopters with Airborne Radio Communications 231 radios. The helicopters will be built at the company’s Columbus, Miss. plant and all deliveries are scheduled for...
February 13, 2015
AgustaWestland has signed a contract with Lease Corporation International (LCI) for eleven helicopters valued at approximately €110 million (US $125 million). The contract includes a mix of AW169 light-intermediate, AW139 intermediate and AW189 super-medium twin engine helicopters that make up the AgustaWestland Family of helicopters spanning the 4 to 8 tonne helicopter categories. The helicopters...
February 12, 2015
AgustaWestland has completed the delivery of the Italian Police’s AW139 intermediate twin helicopters. Deliveries began in mid-2013, and now eight aircraft are in service at five different bases in central and southern Italy: three aircraft are in Pratica di Mare close to Rome, two in Reggio Calabria and one each in Bari, Palermo and Fenosu. Photo courtesy...
February 10, 2015
The Bell Helicopter and Boeing V-22 team recently delivered two MV-22 Osprey flight training simulators to the HMX-1 Presidential Air Lift Squadron, providing Marine aviators with the ability to more efficiently train for their "critical and highly visible transport mission," Boeing said. With the simulators installed at the squadron's headquarters in Quantico...
January 27, 2015
The first Airbus EC135 T2+ helicopter in a planned fleet of modern, twin-engine, rotary-wing aircraft being acquired by the Australian Defense Force (ADF) for its new Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS), has successfully completed its first flight in Europe. Under the HATS project, a joint training scheme for both Army and Navy aircrew will utilize approximately 15 EC135 T2+ trainers, along with...
January 26, 2015
Botswana's Police Service has signed a contract for three new AS350 B3e "Ecureuil" rotorcraft from Airbus Helicopters, equipped with Turbomeca Arriel 2D turbine engines. The...
January 23, 2015
Metro Aviation subsidiary PAC International completed the installation of a Garmin GTX-330ES extended squitter transponder system in an Airbus EC135 helicopter, and also received certification for the...
January 23, 2015
SAE International is searching for a team of rotorcraft manufacturers, operators and hoist manufacturers to serve on the newly formed...
January 12, 2015
AgustaWestland’s new generation AW169 light intermediate 4.5-metric ton class helicopter has entered full-scale production, with the first aircraft now on the final assembly line at its Vergiate facility in Italy. The event marks a major milestone ahead of EASA certification, with deliveries to the first customers scheduled to begin in the 2nd quarter of 2015. The AW169 flight test program, using...
January 8, 2015
Following an agreement signed on Dec. 29, AgustaWestland will provide 160 AW189 civil helicopters to the oil company Rosneft by 2025. The supply will be provided mainly through HeliVert, a joint venture between Finmeccanica-AgustaWestland and Russian Helicopters (a subsidiary of the corporation Rostec).   Photo courtesy AgustaWestland HeliVert will be responsible for the final assembly of the...
December 18, 2014
Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first AS355 NP Ecureuil to the Spanish Road Transport Authority (DGT) and the first EC135 to the country’s National Police Force under the contract signed in February of this year with the DGT. The...
December 17, 2014
Airbus Helicopters has delivered the second of six Super Puma AS332 C1e airframes to the Bolivian Air Force (FAB) following their order in 2013. The first was delivered last August, and the remaining four are scheduled for delivery between now and 2016. The Airbus contract also stipulated a logistical support package to provide the FAB with...
December 15, 2014
Bell Helicopter announced today that its fleet of Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft has recently passed the milestone of 250,000 flight hours. Since entering service in 2007, the V-22 has seen extensive service within the US Military. It was used heavily in Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, in Iraq as part of...
December 12, 2014
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) will begin the production of Light Utility Helicopters (LUH) in a new facility located near Bangalore, India in three and a half years according to reports in the Indian media. The Hindu online reported that HAL received documents for 610 acres of land around the town...
December 12, 2014
Germany’s North Rhine-Westphalia Police Force has ordered six Airbus Helicopters EC145 T2 airframes, with deliveries planned in 2016-2017. A variant of the EC145 medium twin-engine helicopter, the T2 incorporates new Turbomeca Arriel 2E engines and upgrades to its main and tail rotor gearboxes, along with Airbus...
December 11, 2014
AgustaWestland is under contract to deliver four new helicopters to customers in Italy, Vietnam and Japan. The first helicopter, an AW169, is scheduled for delivery in the middle of 2015 to the Italian transport company HoverFly Srl. The helicopter will perform passenger transport missions from the company’s base near Rome. The new AW169 will replace HoverFly’s aging AS365, providing greater...
December 9, 2014
Sikorsky, together with Polish subsidiary PZL Mielec, is to withdraw from the current competition managed by the Polish Ministry of Defense to supply the armed forces with 70 multi-role helicopters.  According to Sikorsky, part of United...
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