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May 20, 2016
As part of the U.S. Coast Guard aviation unit's centennial celebration this year, the service has painted some of its aircraft in historic paint schemes. Those aircraft are said to be returned to service and delivered to various stations around the U.S. throughout the year. In addition to two HC-144...
May 19, 2016
An EgyptAir Airbus A320 carrying 66 passengers from Paris to Cairo, Egypt, crashed while traveling from Paris to Cairo, Egypt. French President Francois Hollande confirmed the plane had crashed, but it's too early to determine a cause. He said terrorism is not being...
May 17, 2016
CHC Helicopter's Irish search-and-rescue operation has reached the milestone of 10,000 Sikorsky S-92 flight hr. Operating from the company's bases in Sligo, Waterford, Shannon and Dublin since 2012, CHC has...
May 11, 2016
Waypoint Leasing Ltd. has closed a revolving credit facility led by the Specialty Finance Lending unit of KeyBank, N.A. The facility provides...
May 2, 2016
Finmeccanica's shareholders have approved the company's name change to Leonardo in a meeting last week. The official full name, Leonardo...
April 28, 2016
Lockheed Martin’s leadership is still grappling with how to explain the near-term impact of Sikorsky’s acquisition on its own operations and finances. “I am still getting my head around describing Sikorsky and what the expectation should be” for the unit’s impact, L-M EVP and CFO Bruce Tanner said in response to a financial analyst’s question this week after the...
April 19, 2016
Waypoint Leasing Ltd. said it has closed on a $100 million term loan facility led by Lombard North Central Plc. The facility has a maturity of about six yr. Waypoint will...
March 30, 2016
Las Vegas police are lined up to get a new H145 to help it deal with an aging search-and-rescue helicopter fleet operating in an inhospitable operating environment.   The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Committee on Fiscal Affairs approved the purchase of a new Airbus Helicopters H145 Monday following more than a year of discussions. The committee authorized a $9.6 million...
March 24, 2016
The first of 16 AgustaWestland AW101s for the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security (MoJ) performed its maiden flight at Finmeccanica's Yeovil, U.K., plant March 21. This marks the start of the flight test program leading to aircraft deliveries for the Royal Norwegian Air Force in 2017 to continue to...
March 16, 2016
Airbus Helicopters' Tokyo division has signed a contract with the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) for the purchase of an additional H225. JCG, which already operates five H225s, has ordered this additional aircraft as part of its fleet renewal plans. The helicopter is scheduled for delivery by the end of 2018.   This...
March 15, 2016
The Canadian Coast Guard accepted the last of 15 Bell Helicopter 429 light-lift helicopters into its fleet. Mirabel-based Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Ltd. was awarded the contract in May 2014. The...
February 17, 2016
Sikorsky has appointed UI Helicopter Co., Ltd. to become a Sikorsky-authorized customer support center in South Korea, the first such center in the country. Based in Yesan, 100 km south of Seoul, the center will enable operators of Sikorsky S-76 and S-92...
January 28, 2016
Textron reported Wednesday in a fourth-quarter earnings call that overall quarterly revenues were down from last year, stemming from its Bell Helicopter, Systems and (fixed-wing) Aviation subsidiaries.   Despite a slight increase in sales of military platforms, such as the H1, Textron said Bell’s fourth-quarter commercial revenues were down to roughly $36 million as a result of a lower...
January 28, 2016
At a ceremony held today at Stavanger, Norway, Thales officially opened its Norway Training Centre, unveiling the first of several planned helicopter training programs.   Having received both the EASA FSTD (Flight Simulation Training Devices Operator) Operator, and Level D...
January 4, 2016
  Photo courtesy of DFR Luftrettung   German air rescue service DRF Luftrettung retired its last Bell Helicopter 412 at the New Year, completing a transition to an...
December 28, 2015
  An Irish Coast Guard S-92 on a 2014 mission. Photo courtesy of Miguel Mendez / CC BY 2.0   The Irish Coast Guard completed its 1,000th helicopter mission this year on...
December 9, 2015
Safety investigators in Ireland are looking into a Dec. 6 incident in which a 15-year-old girl slipped from a strap and fell back into stormy Irish Sea waters during a Coast Guard hoist rescue. The country’s Air Accident Investigation Unit said...
November 27, 2015
AgustaWestland has been testing the high- and low-altitude capabilities of its AW169 in California. A prototype of the 10,000-lb-class, 10-passenger helicopter performed hover, low-speed flight and rescue-hoist/cargo-hook...
November 27, 2015
The Canadian province of British Columbia is contemplating renaming a mountain peak to honor a longtime search and rescue volunteer who died in 2014. Second Pump Peak in Mount Seymour Provincial Park north of Vancouver already is referred to as Tim Jones Peak after a founder of the North Shore Rescue mountain SAR team based in Vancouver. Now the province’s Geographical Names Office...
November 23, 2015
Growing government and corporate use of helicopters in Southeast Asia is fueling demand for maintenance, repair and overhaul services in the region, Channel NewsAsia...
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