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April 8, 2015
At HAI Heli-Expo 2015 last month, Sikorsky held a recognition ceremony for Bristow Helicopters Ltd., highlighting the upcoming launch of the company’s UK search and rescue (SAR) contract. Bristow was awarded a 10-year UK SAR contract in March 2013, with services starting on April 1, 2015, on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). Jonathan Baliff, Sergei Sikorsky, Richard Parkes and Shane...
April 6, 2015
While growth in the Australian helicopter market may have slowed this financial year, the sector still has encouraging growth prospects and was well represented at the Australian International Air Show, which took place at Avalon Airport, Victoria, from Feb. 24 to March 1. The static park included AgustaWestland AW139s and the AW169, Airbus Helicopters was present with its EC120 and EC130 T2, Robinson...
April 1, 2015
Papillon Helicopters of Boulder City, Nev., will celebrate its 50th anniversary with the unveiling of its golden helicopter on April 16. The Airbus H130 T2 (formerly EC-130 T2) – christened “Copter 50” – will commemorate the company’s standing as the world’s largest and oldest-running helicopter tour operator. Copter 50 will be gold with stripes and the company’s...
March 27, 2015
On March 26, 2015 in Tessara, the Italian Army took delivery of an additional NH90 Tactical Transport...
March 26, 2015
Bell Helicopter has announced multiple letters of intent (LOIs) with three Middle Eastern operators. The company received a LOI from BBM Inc. for a Bell 505 Jet Ranger X and a Bell 525 Relentless, from K Aircraft Leasing for two Bell 525s, and...
March 25, 2015
On March 24, 2015, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., officials from the International Paris Air Show said that a sizeable presence was expected from helicopter industry companies at this year’s event. Addressing the press were four officials from the French Aerospace Industries Association (GIFAS), which organizes the show, including: Emeric d’Arcimoles, chairman and chief...
March 23, 2015
Airbus Helicopters has initiated a month-long customer tour in Brazil of its H145. During visits to the cities of São Paulo, Curitiba, Brasília, Belo Horizonte and Rio de Janeiro, the H145 will be presented to civilian and offshore operators, along with governmental and military agencies.   Photo by Jay Miller, courtesy of Airbus Helicopters The H145 – previously known as the EC145...
March 23, 2015
Sikorsky’s newest commercial aircraft, the S-76D helicopter, arrived in Malaysia, beginning the Southeast Asia leg of its demonstration tour. The international demonstration began at the SkyPark Aviation Center in Subang, Malaysia, and was to be on display at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) ‘15 until March 21. Sikorsky...
March 20, 2015
Bell Helicopter has officially opened its new Bell Helicopter Co., Ltd. office in Tokyo, Japan.  Located in Ebisu Garden Place Tower, the new office is within walking distance of the headquarters of long-standing business partner, Fuji Heavy Industries. In celebration of the company’s rich history in the market and commitment to expanding its offerings in Japan, a series of events were...
March 19, 2015
Bell Helicopter has announced its show plans for the 12th edition of the International Aviation Tradeshow and Convention, 2015 AeroExpo in Toluca, Mexico, March 19-21. The company will showcase the Bell 407GX and the Bell 429. The Bell 505 Jet Ranger X full-size aircraft mockup will...
March 19, 2015
Weststar Group has signed a contract for three helicopters from AgustaWestland: one AW119Kx, one GrandNew and one AW169. This latest contract brings Weststar Group's total number of AgustaWestland helicopters to 40. With this order, subsidiary Weststar General Aviation Sdn Bhd will begin using AgustaWestland helicopters for executive transport services, after years of successful offshore missions using the AW139...
March 18, 2015
Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, has delivered 189 commercial and military aircraft to the Asia-Pacific region over the past three years. In 2014, deliveries increased by 11 percent from 2012, and today more than 1,400 Russian-built helicopters operate in the region. Mi-171. Photo courtesy of Russian Helicopters Last fall, Russian Helicopters was granted the right to provide direct...
March 17, 2015
Last Friday, the French General Directorate for Armament (DGA) received two upgraded AS532 Cougars for the French Army Aviation. Airbus Helicopters was awarded with a modernization program by the French General Directorate for Armament, for the French...
March 17, 2015
AgustaWestland recently delivered two new AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters to Malaysian clients, configured for corporate and VIP transportation. To date, nearly 30 AW139s have been sold in Malaysia with aircraft in service with corporate customers, Weststar Aviation Services, Bomba and the Maritime Enforcement Agency. Photo courtesy of AgustaWestland Customers in Malaysia benefit from a wide...
March 16, 2015
Bell Helicopter has concluded its delivery of four Bell 412EPs to Heliservicio Campeche to support oil and gas operations in the Gulf of Mexico. Heliservicio Campeche took delivery of the aircraft in December 2014. Heliservicio took delivery of their first Bell helicopter in 1991, and has since expanded its fleet to more than 35 Bell...
March 16, 2015
Airbus Helicopters will join with Korea Aerospace Industries to develop two 5-ton class rotorcraft that meet South Korea’s requirements for its next-generation Light Civil Helicopter (LCH) and Light Armed Helicopter (LAH). The LCH version is expected to enter service in 2020, and the LAH is targeted to enter service in 2022.   Photo courtesy of Airbus Helicopters The two companies already have a...
March 13, 2015
AgustaWestland and Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) have delivered the first Airborne Mine Counter Measures (AMCM) equipped MCH-101 helicopter to the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force. The KHI MCH-101, a license built version of the AgustaWestland AW101 helicopter, is equipped with the Northrop Grumman AN/AQS-24A airborne mine hunting system and the Northrop Grumman AN/AES-1 Airborne Laser Mine Detection...
March 11, 2015
On Feb. 5, Erickson Incorporated announced that it had initiated a drastic corporate restructuring process to, “create significant new efficiencies and cost reductions, improve profitability, and enhance the Company’s overall competitive position.” This process also meant that the company would lay off approximately 150 of its employees, primarily in its United States offices. Rotor &...
March 10, 2015
Guillaume Faury, president and CEO, Airbus Helicopters acknowledged that his company had been through a challenging year of change in 2014. During his first full year in charge, he had to contend with the fallout and reputation management from the North Sea accidents, as well as a corporate change and realignment with the Airbus brand away from the runaway brand that had been Eurocopter. The organization...
March 10, 2015
Bristow Group has raised its total firm orders for Airbus Helicopters’ H175 (formerly EC175) to 17, and also signed a comprehensive support services agreement for its new seven-metric-ton-category rotorcraft. This endorsement was formalized during a signing ceremony at HAI Heli-Expo 2015. It expands upon Bristow’s initial order agreement, announced two years ago. Deliveries of the H175s will...
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